Category Archives: Newsletter

Fork In The Road

Dear Futurists, The first item in this newsletter is a copy of a manifesto created by three distinguished futurists: Gerd Leonhard, David Houle, and Glen Hiemstra. They call the manifesto “Fork in the Road”, and are inviting people to read … Continue reading

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Technological Change and Sustainable Environment

Dear Futurists, 1.) The Viridian Conference, Wed 17th March AFT Technoprog, the organisation also known as Association française transhumaniste, have published what they call the “Viridian Manifesto” – in both French and English. That manifesto sets out its scope in … Continue reading

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Anticipating combinations

Dear Futurists, The future isn’t the outcome of a single trend, working in isolation. The biggest changes often occur when multiple trends combine, altering each other in the process. Consider how the spread of the COVID pandemic has led to … Continue reading

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Managing the magical money tree?

Dear Futurists, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Any advocate of greater public funding for the welfare state has to be ready with an answer to the above remark, which is based … Continue reading

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Shocking ideas: implants, money, consciousness…

Dear Futurists I don’t write in order to shock. But I expect that at least one – maybe more – of the news items below may provoke some visceral reactions. We all have our intuitions about what sorts of ideas … Continue reading

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A dangerous thing

Dear Futurists, A little learning is a dangerous thing. That warning dates from 1711, in an extended poem by the essayist Alexander Pope. Some three centuries later, danger abounds in the advice from numerous people who, alas, have latched onto … Continue reading

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Disease, aging, and health – English and French

Dear Futurists, This first newsletter of 2021 has news about some forthcoming events and projects organised in London, Paris, and Brussels. 1.) The future of the science of aging – 23rd Jan Tomorrow, Saturday 23rd January, sees the first London … Continue reading

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Reinventing democracy, reinventing education

Dear Futurists, 1.) Reinventing democracy “An evolved system of liberal government that incorporates direct citizen participation in policy decision-making, while adopting and using human-centric automation technologies to provide equal opportunities for personal and collective growth and economic development.” That’s how … Continue reading

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The Good Generation

Dear Futurists, 1.) The Good Generation The Good Generation is a plan for the whole world to agree on a new set of values, virtues and skills that every country on earth will teach its children. This way, we’ll raise … Continue reading

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Alternative pasts, alternative futures

Dear Futurists 1.) The pandemic that should never have happened It’s the view of the speaker at tomorrow’s London Futurists webinar, journalist Debora MacKenzie, that COVID-19 is “the pandemic that never should have happened”. In the five weeks since tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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