How would disruptive technologies affect public life?

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Dutch government council wants to hear from futurists. Self driving cars, 3D printing, robotics, these are just a few of the major technologies that are likely to bring massive disruptions in about every aspect of life. What do we eat? What would our work be like in the future? How … Continue reading

Will the Brain Computer Interface technology help to bridge the gap between humans and animals?

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Now imagine this, we’re on our way to transcending the language barrier, with the Brain Computer Interface, for human to human communication, where direct and immediate interpretation or translation will be possible with the appropriate software. Imagine, if you can start understanding, what your dog, your cat or your hamster … Continue reading

‘Futurists as catalysts for speeding up the future’ – interview with Sangeeth Varghese

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This interview with Sangeeth Varghese, co-initiator of World 50.0, author of Open source leader, Founder and Chairman of LeadCap Trust, one of the world’s largest youth leadership organizations, and LeadCap Ventures, a management consulting firm, takes place in a series of discussions with the keynote speakers of An Interesting Afternoon … Continue reading

‘Synthetic biology and other benign technologies that could have a dark side’ – interview with Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

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This interview with Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Academic Project Manager at the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, takes place in a series of discussions with the keynote speakers of An Interesting Afternoon – The world in 50 years and how do we get there? This event by … Continue reading

Brain Computer Interface Technology: Interactive Applications You Probably Never Thought About

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The Brain Computer Interface will also undoubtedly change our world and lives with unparalleled, unprecedented, disruption. The new technology will also bring with it, new threats. With the threats, with the disruptions, the Brain Computer Interface will also bring along with it new possibilities. In the year 2025, whether it … Continue reading

Brain Computer Interface: The accessories it will be disrupting by 2030

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When technology is built and sold to read the users’ thoughts or minds, so that we may interact with our electronics directly from our brains, it is going to be an obvious game-changer. What we do with the new ease, access and opportunities that such technology offers, will change our … Continue reading

The New Security Threats in the Age of the Brain Computer Interface

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The world is seeing the emergence of Brain Computer Interface and its application in our daily computing or communication is on the horizon. With its emergence, it is important for us to foresee, understand and appreciate the implications the technology will have, whether positive or negative. That we will progress … Continue reading

Revisiting New Productive Communes: A foresight in realisation through the revival of India’s Ancient Cattle Based Economic Model

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Background of Foresight In the first half of 2013, The Rise of New Productive Communes: A Reality by the Year 2050, a foresight article, was shared on the Visioning 2050 . The New Productive Commune was presented as a self-sufficient, self-contained and sustainable model, that would cause no detriment to … Continue reading

The next generation Organisation: The Intuitive Organisation

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As we transit from the Information Age into the Innovation Age, a question beckons; what is the type of organisation that will be warranted by the new landscape of economy & commerce as presented by the new age? Change as a Constant In an environment where truly indeed, change is … Continue reading

Future State 2030: Strategies for governments regarding ‘global megatrends’

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KPMG, in collaboration with the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, has published the report “Future State 2030: The global megatrends shaping governments”. Their analysis distinguished nine global megatrends impacting governments at all levels all over the world, focusing on the individual, the … Continue reading

What kind of a profession is futurism anyway?

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Futurists, trend researchers, futurologists, trend spotters, people who who try to say something about the future carry all kind of names. Despite references to the Antiquity, the oracle of Delphi amongst others, the profession is kind of young and still struggling with its position, especially in the business context. Valuable … Continue reading

How our Present is steering us into an Innovation Centric Future

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Our world is in transition; from the information age into the innovation age. The symptoms are the unprecedent accelerations in the speed of change all around, particularly where technology is the subject matter at the core. Upon the transition, what awaits ahead, is a prolonged period of time that is … Continue reading

Ross Dawson about the role of a futurist

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Ross Dawson, futurist and entrepreneur, presented his vision on the role of a futurist at a meet-up of the Dutch Future Society. Location of the session was the Living Tomorrow, former house of the future, now headquarters of ID&T, pioneering company of dance events and electronic music experiences. In sync … Continue reading

Cooptation of Future Studies is a Formidable Threat

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Future Studies or Strategic Foresight is a professional field that studies, analyses and predicts the future, to enable and empower the recieving stakeholders of those predictions to better plan, strategise and prepare for the time ahead. This regardless as to whether those stakeholders are governments, political organisations, social movements, educators, … Continue reading

Future studies to get you unstuck from the present

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Many times people wish that futurists could look into the future and see the things that they don’t see yet. However, futurists cannot predict the future. But it can help to think more widely about potential events and potential convergence of trends and development. One of the most exciting aims … Continue reading

Why Systems Thinking is Critical for Effective Roadmapping

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The Core Function of Futurists The core function of any Futurist is to study the future, to help clients, whether internal or external, to develop roadmaps from the present point, to a long-term future point in time. That is the core and most important purpose of future studies. Basically, the … Continue reading

Understanding Convergence is Key to Effective Strategic Foresight

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Do you know that your present day laptop is a result of convergence? It is the result of a convergence of technological advancements, where batteries were developed to provide independence from fixed power sockets and hard-disks were made compact enough to carry in portable devices. The smartphone resulted from the … Continue reading

Watch your genes

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The June edition of magazine Wired features an interesting article about the threats of DNA hacking in the near future. The author argues that the rapid advancements in the sequencing of DNA will have considerable implications for bio-crime. Costs for the mapping of a complete personal genome have dropped very … Continue reading

Scenarios for the future of urban farming

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Over many centuries, attempts have been made to get food production out of the cities. Produce comes from the land and is transported into the cities. In most western cities, abattoirs have disappeared. Markets are still there, but no longer have a central role in our shopping. This image is … Continue reading

Blue Brain Project: the human brain on a super computer (part 1)

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Neuroscientist Henry Markram’s ambitions are far from modest to say the least. His aim is to build a complete simulation of the human brain and run it on a super computer. This all-European project is called Blue Brain. At the moment there is no system remotely capable of running such … Continue reading