2012 Predictions Round-up

Every year I play a predictions game.  It’s not really good futuring (after all, there remain no jetpacks).  But I still like the game.  So here goes an analysis of my results for 2012: Publishing and Creativity: There will be more attempts to make good franchises with rich multimedia (like Greg Bear and Neal Stephenson’s …

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What Does the Future Need?

One of my favorite things to do each month is write my column for Futurismic (which has had a lot of great content lately, by the way).  This month, I decided to talk about what the future needs from us.  Another way to say that is “What should we be doing now to create a …

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The Yin and Yang of Futuring

There are  a lot of us being guardians at the gate.  Environmentalists warn about species extinction and loss of the wonderful world we’re lucky enough to live on.  Scientists and climatologists wring their hands about global warming.  Governments worry about terrorism. We need the guardians at the gate, we even need to be the guardians.  …

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Good Things in Threes

Most days, I still feel pretty invisible.  I’m certainly not a famous science fiction writer, and no geek household name like Cory Doctorow or Charlie Stross that gets thrown around the interwebs regularly. But today is a very pleasant writer/futurist day from the point of being engaged in the bigger community conversation. ABCnews included quotes …

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2010: What we could be doing

This is the third part of my futures post series for January 2010.  The first one evaluated my results for 2009. The second talked about what I think will happen in 2010.   This is the “what could we do” post.  There are a lot of things, but I’m going to pick four. Reform the way …

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On Health Care: Fairness vs. Fear

I’ve been listening to the health care debate for some time now.  Health care is one of the top things we need to fix to improve our economy (the others are education, broadband, and – most importantly – preservation of the world we live in). I’m not enough of an expert to write intelligently on …

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Four Twitter Observations

One:  Twitter is actually a lot of fun.  I suspect this is part of its popularity.  Things to enjoy include putting a whole page worth of data into 140 characters (Haiku for modern times), hearing engaging snips about your friends’ days (and yes, what they had for breakfast is generally noise.  But there are clever fun …

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