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Drawing inspiration from the success of large-scale incentive-based prize competitions,Thomas Frey, a futurist and executive director at the DaVinci Institute , announced a series of eight massively difficult competitions during his keynote July 10th at the World Future Society's "WorldFuture 2011" event in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Speaking to an audience of roughly 1,000 conference attendees, Frey kicked off his talk with sobering observations about humans and the future, saying that we are essentially a backward looking society. All the information that we get our hands on is history. For most of us, he said, it is like we're walking backwards into the future.
The Next Plastic Plastic has changed little since its heyday in the 1960s. It's still ubiquitous, oil based, and dirty as hell for the environment. Makes you wonder what we've been doing all these years.