Futurists: BetaLaunch (or F:BL) serves as a technology petting zoo where engineers, designers and others can present their inventions to the 1,000 futurists expected to gather for the Society’s annual conference. It's been covered by the CBC, CTV One, The Vancouver Sun, The Toronto Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, MacLean's Magazine, Harvard Business Review, MarketWatch, Xinhua News, (the largest news agency in the People's Republic of China), and dozens of other media outlets. This year's Futurists: BetaLaunch showcase will be held in conjunction with WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon, the annual conference of the World Future Society, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, July 19-21, 2013.
In this special report, you’ll discover trends and forecasts that are likely to affect virtually all aspects of your life in the years immediately ahead. You’ll see how you can forecast possible future developments in your own life. Continue on to the special report.
The World Future 2013 Conference course and session proposal deadline has been extended to Monday, Nov. 5th, 11:59 pm due to Hurricane Sandy. Wherever you may be, we hope that you are staying safe during the storm these next few days! Due to predicted power outages and severe weather conditions on the East Coast, we are extending the course and session proposal submission deadline to Monday, Nov 5th, as opposed to the previously scheduled deadline on Wednesday, Oct 31st.
WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon has been chosen as the theme for our next conference. We are seeking new ideas to help us explore the next horizon seriously and methodically, and to transform the way we live, work, and communicate across the world. Let us know how you are contributing to this progress. Submit a proposal to speak at WorldFuture 2013 before October 31st.
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Biometrics has been hailed by some as a wonderful way of determining someone’s identity, and by others as a security mechanism that is far too easy to spoof. I generally fall in the second category. I don’t mind using it for simple unimportant things like turning on my tablet, on which I keep nothing sensitive, but so far I would never trust it as part of any system that gives access to my money or sensitive files.
Johnny Depp's new film Transcendence has had futurist fandoms in a lather for months.
April 17, 2014 - Yesterday my blog posting focused on NASA's efforts to involve the public in designing better oxygen recovery systems.
Now that most of our waking hours are spent using screens we’re visibly migrating into a digital world. Like other immigrants we want and expect better lives. New digital boundaries will let us step through the looking glass, control what’s on our screens and construct the digital lives we want — in a digital world that eliminates today’s limits.
Historically, one of the biggest challenges faced by both Soviet and U.S. space programs is related to keeping the air inside spacecraft breathable. The future of human activity in space requires a better solution. In its latest initiative, NASA, the American space agency, hopes to achieve a better recovery system for recycling oxygen that exceeds 75% recovery.
I often do book recommendations. Seemed like time for a bit of a travel recommendation. This one is especially for science fiction writers and fans.