futurists

NEXT: Making the Future

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Making the Future

Readers of this column know of my aversion to making predictions: that the future is not already inscribed someplace and that it is still very open to possibilities. That is why I am drawn to the work of futurists who say that, while the future cannot be predicted, we can nevertheless design the future that […]

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NEXT: The Future of Retirement

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Retirement

A useful way to track changes in society is to look at the history of words, and especially the history of the changing meaning of words. Take the words “liberal” and “conservative” for example, which in the 19th century had very different meanings from those today. In the 19th century, a “liberal” was someone who favored […]

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NEXT: Neo-Essentialism and Post-COVID Philosophy

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Neo-Essentialism and Post-COVID Philosophy

I anticipate that one of the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be the emergence of a new philosophical movement. Like existentialism in the 1950s or transcendentalism in the early nineteenth century, this movement will be sparked by the thoughts of philosophers and intellectuals, but the ideas will soon extend out into broader public discussion, […]

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NEXT: Futurists Create Images of the Future, Not Predictions

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Futurists Create Images of the Future, Not Predictions

Given the state of the world right now, it did not seem appropriate to discuss the future when the present is hanging so heavy over us. This month, I’d like to reflect on what it means to be a futurist, especially when presented with the opportunity to assess your own work. As a futurist, I am […]

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NEXT: Xenobots and Nano-zombies

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Xenobots and Nano-zombies

Because animal breeding is centuries old, it makes sense to say that we have designed animals to meet our needs for a very long time. Animal husbandry has been responsible for producing animals that provide meat, eggs, fur, milk and other useful “products.” It is distasteful, perhaps, to use this language, but humans have for […]

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NEXT: The Future of Reading

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Reading

Reading is a very big deal in the state of Ohio…until Grade Three. State legislation says that students are required to be reading at grade level by the third grade, else there are dire consequences for schools, teachers and students. But then, after that benchmark has been reached, reading seems to disappear from everyone’s attention. There might […]

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Next: Why I am a Futurist

David Staley David Staley Next: Why I am a Futurist

I was reading a book the other day by a pioneer in artificial intelligence, and came upon a passage that just floored me. He was describing the potential risks of developing artificial intelligence, and the concerns some have expressed about the threat artificial intelligence poses to humanity.  “This is not the first time an emergent […]

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