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(PhysOrg.com) -- Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change. Fenner, who is emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, said homo sapiens will not be able to survive the population explosion and “unbridled consumption,” and will become extinct, perhaps within a century, along with many other species.
For example, Delphi surveys are probably becoming less of an exclusively expert-oriented activity, and being used more as part of consultation processes for gathering views from wider pools of knowledge and practice; similarly, they are used to explore normative possibilities as well as to forecast “when” particular things might happen.
The Futures Diamond is a practical framework including 44 methods commonly used in strategic foresight and decision-making.
Futures Diamond Futures research (including Foresight and Horizon Scanning ) has emerged as a key instrument for the development and implementation of research and innovation policy. The main focus of activity has been at the national level.
By Evan R. Goldstein
Kenneth Hayworth has a vision .
The Pentagon’s new Avatar project , unveiled by Danger Room a few weeks back, sounds freaky enough: Soldiers practically inhabiting the bodies of robots, who’d act as “surrogates” for their human overlords in battle. But according to Dmitry Itskov, a 31-year-old Russian media mogul, the U.S. military’s Avatar initiative doesn’t go nearly far enough. He’s got a massive, sci-fi-esque venture of his own that he hopes will put the Pentagon’s project to shame.
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The following outline is presented as an overview of and topical guide to futures studies – study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures , and the worldviews and myths that underlie them.
(© Natalia Dexbakh) Entretien avec Thierry Gaudin, p résident de Prospective 2100 et vice-président de l’association Réso (rencontres d’Autrans). Ingénieur, il est principalement connu en France pour ses deux livres : 2100, Récit du prochain siècle et 2100, Odyssée de l’espèce , qui proposent de travailler sur douze programmes planétaires pour le XXI e siècle.
Despair has many causes. Stupid people cause despair. Disability and mortality cause despair.
i Rate This In an interesting article from January 2011 this year, Carl Zimmer, writes about mind uploading and the future of neurotechnology .
The Singularity Institute is one of the leading research institutes on Singularity subjects.
Les livres de Thierry Gaudin téléchargeables gratuitement aux “classiques des Sciences sociales”
Extropianism , also referred to as the philosophy of Extropy , is an evolving framework of values and standards for continuously improving the human condition. Extropians believe that advances in science and technology will some day let people live indefinitely. An extropian may wish to contribute to this goal, e.g. by doing research and development or volunteering to test new technology.