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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Last night I watched an HBO documentary called "Questioning Darwin." It took an in-depth look at those who reject Darwin's theory of natural selection on grounds of faith in the words of the Judeo-Christian Bible. At the same time it presented the personal journey of Darwin from his roots to his presentation of his theories in the book, "The Origin of the Species," in which he described the mechanism of natural selection, the theory upon which our scientific understanding of how life evolves on this planet.
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Sometimes simple ideas work, and this one is pretty simple.
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