The Future – of Futurology
Small wonder that futurology, also referred to as futurism as it was known 30 or 40 years ago – the heyday of Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock” (the most popular work of prophecy since Nostradamus) or Herman Kahn’s analysis of the likely consequences of nuclear war – is all but dead.
The word “futurologist” has more or less disappeared from the business and academic world, and with it the implication that there might be some established discipline called “futurology”. Nowadays, “futurologists” prefer to call themselves “futurists” and they have stopped claiming to predict what “will” happen. Rather they say that they “tell stories” about what “might” happen.
There are still plenty of “futurists” studying the future timeline around though, but they have stopped being famous… or still call themselves “futurologists”.
The Future – a brief history
The Future – by Samsung
Samsung recently commissioned the world’s leading futurists, architects, technological forecasters and sociological soothsayers to cast their visionary insights about a 100 years into the future.
The results were gathered in the “Smart Things Future Living Report” which might just become the Sibylline book of our day – a prophetic checklist for the world to come.
3D printed homes, underwater cities, subterranean “earthscrappers”, space-based solar arrays, designer humans: This is the future according to Britain’s leading scientists: Step into the year 2116.
The Future – by Alvin Toffler
Alvin Toffler prophesied the world of today already 40 years ago and surprised the world with his work “The Future Shock”. Surprisingly, he anticipated developments that were not yet foreseeable at that time. At least for the absolute majority of people.
He predicted the decline of the family as a fixed institution and the change of the inheritance. In addition, he wrote about same-sex couples being able to marry and start families. He anticipated the digital revolution with the use of available information as well as the swift exchange of messages.
40 years later, the consulting firm of Alvin Toffler, Toffler Associates, presented a further forecast for yet the next 40 years as a celebration to the 40th anniversary of the publishing of Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s influential book “The Future Shock” back in 1970.
This whitepaper examines 40 political, technological, social, economic, and environmental drivers that will shape our world between 2010 and 2050. The world in 40 years is dominated by women, religious conflicts and mega cities. Read the second wave of the future: 40 For The Next 40.
The Future – of the Future
Future – The Rapper
Then, there is Future, the weirdo hip-hop hitmaker who thinks he’s Hendrix. The fast-rising Atlanta rapper and producer takes inspiration from everything – even office air-conditioning units.