Posts tagged futurism

“Only drastic measures for environmental protection proved to be suitable to change this systems behavior, and only under these circumstances, scenarios could be calculated in which both world population and wealth could remain at a constant level. However, so far the necessary political measures were not taken,” explains The Club of Rome, a global think-tank based out of Italy who commissioned MIT to conduct the research.

The future of technologies for planet and people. Futurist Gerd Leonhard talk at WFSF 2013 (by Gerd Leonhard)

Brand-new video

Some key quotes from Douglas Rushkoff's new book: Present Shock - When Everything Happens Now

"Prophecy no longer feels like a description of the future but, rather, a guide to the present… Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always-on. It’s not a mere speeding up, however much our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things…If the end of the twentieth century can be characterized by futurism, the twenty-first can be defined by presentism”

Very much impacts my own work - made me think. Check out his new book - well worth reading.

Key Topics in the Next 5 Years - discussed by Futurists Dr. James Canton and Gerd Leonhard (by Gerd Leonhard

We had a nice talk imho:)) take a look

So what do Futurists actually do ?

A conversation between Futurists Dr. James Canton and Gerd Leonhard This video is part of the new series (launching soon). This video covers questions such as 1) what does a Futurist do (and what not)  2) why clients hire us, and what we can do for them 3) some of the challenges that we have encountered in the past 10 years.

NEW video: Digital Media Strategist Carlo Donzella and Futurist Gerd Leonhard talk about Smart Cities (MotM3) (by Gerd Leonhard)

As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled 40 intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.
In 1900, an American civil engineer called John Elfreth Watkins made a number of predictions about what the world would be like in 2000…. read more via the BBC. I just ran across this image of Watkins’ predictions from 1900, and thought they would make a very good 2013 kick-off / happy new year post. Some of my favs: Hot and cold air from spigots Ready-cooked meals will be bought Automobiles will be cheaper than horses Areal war-ships Found via buzzfeed How res download

What the world will be like in 2030 | SmartPlanet *made me think

The world’s population will continue to grow, reaching 8.3 billion by 2030 (up from 7.1 billion in 2012). Nations will become older and more urban. All these factors will combine to put pressure on precious resources. “[T]he volume of urban construction for housing, office space, and transport services over the next 40 years could roughly equal the entire volume of such construction to date in world history.”

BLADE RUNNER revisited >3.6 gigapixels (by françois vautier)

Seriously cool remix for all bladerunner fans:))

Gerd Leonhard Tech Talk at Google London (by GoogleChannelUK)

wow … from 2008 but still quite good imho:)


A key message to myself and my clients: skate to where the puck is going to be not where it has been:)


A key message to myself and my clients: skate to where the puck is going to be not where it has been:)

Ray Kurzweil - Futurist (by ComputerHistory)

Pretty amazing monolog (more or less) by a true genius, and one of my major influences. The Singularity concept worries me greatly, though. Watch Ray’s movie and then try to get some sleep:)