March-April 2012, Vol. 46, No. 2
World Trends & Forecasts
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Futures thinking seems essential in our times. With so many uncertainties about water, food and energy for 9 billion people in the next forty years, and so many exciting new technologies on the way, futurists can help to see new possible futures and support decision makers. However, futurists are not clairvoyants or wizards.
Preview of Things to Come in July! A WorldFuture Sneak Peek. For this issue of THE FUTURIST, we invited several of our 2013 conference participants to offer us a preview of their forthcoming presentations at WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon:
With all these coal-fired and fossil-fuel driven power plants in the world the quest for capturing CO2 continues in research laboratories all over the world.
When the White Queen tells Alice that in her land "memory works both ways," Alice tries to argue with the Queen, saying "I'm sure mine only works one way...
Smartphones are too smart for their own good. Users have come to rely on them so much that they constantly need recharging. The batteries just can't keep up with the usage.
“Thus the centre of the system of the world is immovable.”
Isaac Newton Principia Mathematica (Book 111) (1687)
Only in a centrally controlled economy could you pull off what China is attempting to do by moving a quarter billion of its people from rural villages and farms to new urban centres. This begs the question - why?
An article in today's Globe & Mail by Shaun Pett got me thinking about our heavy reliance on annual staple crops to feed the wo