What is the Future?

Author: John Urry

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745696570

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Thinking about the future is essential for almost all organizations and societies. States, corporations, universities, cities, NGOs and individuals believe they cannot miss the future. But what exactly is the future? It remains a mystery – perhaps the greatest mystery, especially because futures are unpredictable and often unknowable, the outcome of many factors, known and unknown. The future is rarely a simple extrapolation from the present. In this important book, John Urry seeks to capture the many efforts that have been made to anticipate, visualize and elaborate the future. This includes examining the methods used to model the future, from those of the RAND Corporation to imagined future worlds in philosophy, literature, art, film, TV and computer games. He shows that futures are often contested and saturated with different interests, especially in relation to future generations. He also shows how analyses of social institutions, practices and lives should be central to examining potential futures, and issues such as who owns the future. The future seems to be characterized by 'wicked problems'. There are multiple 'causes' and 'solutions', long-term lock-ins and complex interdependencies, and different social groups have radically different frames for understanding what is at stake. Urry explores these issues through case-studies of 3D printing and the future of manufacturing, mobilities in the city, and the futures of energy and climate change.

Crucial Questions about the Future

Author: Allen Tough

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780819182753

Category: Political Science

Page: 133

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Crucial Questions About the Future presents readers concerned about the long-range future and their place in it with a series of tough but necessary questions and, refreshingly, offers no pat answers. Instead, what is offered is a structured and reason-bound exploration of the complexities of modern life with which the reader, or the future-studies inclined academic, can provide his own answers to these eternal and critical questions. Contents: The Future of Human Civilization; What Is Most Important of All?; Why Do We Act In Ways That Hurt Our Future?; What Will Our Actual Future Turn Out To Be?; How Can We Achieve a Satisfactory Future?; Preventing the Worst Catastrophes; Intelligent Life in the Universe: What Role Will It Play In Our Future?; From Which Aspects of Reality Can We Gain Meaning and Purpose?; How Can Each Person Contribute?

What Is the Future of Nanotechnology?

Author: John Allen

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781601529626

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 80

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Nanotechnology, the science of tiny things at the nanoscale, may be the next frontier in scientific advancement. Already nanotechnology is being used to make incredibly strong materials and deliver medicine to precise locations in the body. Soon it may lead to the manipulation of atoms to create microscopic machines and factories.

What is the future for us?

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Author: Héber Bensi

Publisher: Casa do novo autor

ISBN: 8577123200

Category: Poetry

Page: 134

View: 2528

What is the future for us? In these times of darkness, corruption reigns And does not leave crumbs to the slaves below ... Politicians forge improvements, but deflct assets, And they disfiure the sun in which the TV misrepresents images. Cruel politics paints a disfiured present. The bread gets more expensive, and the artwork bleeds The storm that gives goodbye to the children’s future. The boats are swaying in the wind of despair. Millions are diverted, hospitals are closed And schools are falling ... false bank acconts The walls, externally, what do these guys want? They steal children and then smile at them, Disorienting with directions. There is no return since the Indians are dead and the Forests are destroyed. There are no returns to the workers who will die in slavery. The future stuffed with dollars is dying dryly In external accounts, and internally the lights are Deleting the future. Since as the press is not reporting ... The imminent tragedy. The new Auschwitz is coming The new Auschwitz is coming, Digital Stakes of Intolerance Circulate the streets of blood and decay Of today’s bloody days. Poles of savagery and xenophobia are in the children’s booklets. Gods invented in the hatred of an augmented reality, In the falsehood of envy and greedy power. What is the future in the face of intolerance? All hatred is used on disposable days. The machines substitute values And with the heart people do not think. Lies are the political truths, Only hatred and indifference are planted In the minds of children bleeding Justice, and pervert tragedy. If Adolf Hitler came to speak in the square these days. They pick him up witn a limousine, anyway. Héber Bensi

Competing for the Future

How Digital Innovations are Changing the World

Author: Henry Kressel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139464205

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 1944

Everybody knows that digital technology has revolutionised our economy and our lifestyles. But how many of us really understand the drivers behind the technology - the significance of going digital; the miniaturization of circuit boards; the role of venture capital in financing the revolution; the importance of research and development? How many of us understand what it takes to make money from innovative technologies? Should we worry about manufacturing going offshore? What is the role of India and China in the digital economy? Drawing on a lifetime's experience in the industry, as an engineer, a senior manager and as a partner in a venture capital firm, Henry Kressel offers an expert personalized answer to all these questions. He explains how the technology works, why it matters, how it is financed and what the key lessons are for public policy.

What is the Future of the Music Industry?

Author: Roman Espejo

Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780737741100

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 88

View: 8548

Provides essays that cover varying opinions on the future of the music industry, discusses the threats that it faces, the role of digital music and the CD, and whether or not illegal file-sharing threatens the industry.

"Security turns its eye exclusively to the future"

Zum Verhältnis von Sicherheit und Zukunft in der Geschichte

Author: Christoph Kampmann,Angela Marciniak,Wencke Meteling

Publisher: Nomos Verlag

ISBN: 3845286733

Category: History

Page: 422

View: 7583

Der Band verknüpft zwei Forschungsfelder, die seit einiger Zeit große Aufmerksamkeit in den Geschichts- und Sozialwissenschaften finden: Sicherheit und Zukunft. Epochenübergreifend zeigt er, wie Vorstellungen von Sicherheit und Zukunft zusammenhingen und politische Dynamik entfalteten. Denn Sicherheits- und Zukunftsentwürfe betrafen immer auch Fragen der Macht. Die geschichts- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Fallstudien reichen von religiösen Endzeitdiagnosen und präventivem Zukunftsmanagement in der Frühneuzeit bis zu Bemühungen um eine gemeinsame Sicherheit im internationalen Völkerrecht, von Sicherheit vor Seuchen bis zu Diagnosen eines nuklearen Weltuntergangs im Kalten Krieg, vom Sicherheitsdilemma staatlicher Überwachungspraktiken in einem liberalen Staatswesen bis zu Diskursen über Nachhaltigkeit und internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit. Mit Beiträgen von Tobias Bruns, Larry Frohman, Steffen Henne, Christoph Kampmann, Achim Landwehr, Angela Marciniak, Wencke Meteling, Elke Seefried, Marie-Christin Stenzel, Malte Thießen, Sascha Weber, Anna Veronika Wendland, Christian Wenzel, Andrea Wiegeshoff, Hannes Ziegler

The Future of Hegel

Plasticity, Temporality, and Dialectic

Author: Catherine Malabou

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415287203

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Malabou studies Hegel's concepts of time & temporality, relating them to topics such as substance, accident & the identity of the subject. She argues that the future is understood not simply as a moment in time but as something malleable & constantly open to change through our interpretation.

The Future of the Welfare State

A comparative study in EU-countries

Author: Robert Urbé

Publisher: Lambertus-Verlag

ISBN: 3784124526

Category: Political Science

Page: 372

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The Future of Europe has to be social, or there will be no Future! Welfare in itself is a concept that is dependent on cultural differences. These provide an explanation for the different historically-rooted welfare concepts throughout European countries. For our research we have consciously focused on European Union member countries, the number of countries involved in one way or another in the project is twenty. According to Esping-Andersen we differentiate three different types of Welfare models: the liberal "Beveridge systems, the conservative, corporatist "Bismarck systems and the social democratic or Scandinavian (Nordic) regimes. Our working group decided to opt for an "own class of countries belonging to a "Mediterranean Model. And we added also a group of "Central and Eastern European Systems. After having described these systems and their development, we have examined if, and to what extent the countries of a given regime are all following the same trends and developments. The question of a possible convergence of all these models in one future European social model was also investigated. At the end the most important questions remain: How can we overcome the austerity paradigm and move towards a cohesive society where everyone participates according to his means and where everybody gets according to his needs? How can we agree on a minimum socket of social rights in all European Countries

Sociology of the Future

Theory, Cases and Annotated Bibliography

Author: Wendell Bell,James Wau

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610440390

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Concerns itself with the future of sociology, and of all social science. The thirteen authors—among them Wendell Bell, Kai T. Erikson, Scott Greer, Robert Boguslaw, James Mau, and Ivar Oxaal—are oriented toward a redefinition of the role of the social scientist as advisor to policymakers and administrators in all major areas of social concern, for the purpose of studying and shaping the future. This book contains research strategies for such "futurologistic" study, theories on its merits and dangers, as well as an annotated bibliography of social science studies of the future.

What Is the Future of Drones?

Author: Stuart A. Kallen

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781682820629

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 1233

Drones are incredibly versatile devices that will soon be everywhere as researchers develop new uses for the flying machines. This book looks into drones of the future and how they will be used by filmmakers, businesses, the military and police, and average consumers.

What Is the Future of Virtual Reality?

Author: Carla Mooney

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781682820940

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Virtual reality is best known for its applications in the gaming industry. Huge advances in virtual reality technology has opened the door to the use of this technology to change lives in medicine, entertainment, education, business, and the military.

Representing the Future: Zur kulturellen Logik der Zukunft

Author: Andreas Hartmann,Oliwia Murawska

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839430151

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

View: 3671

Hoffnung, Erwartung, Wunsch, Vorausschau und Prognose - kaum etwas bewegt das menschliche Bewusstsein mehr als der Vorgriff auf die Zukunft. Dieses Buch fragt nach den Grundlagen, Bezügen und Horizonten, in denen wir Zukunft denken. Der Band versammelt Beiträge, die mittelalterliche Endzeiterwartungen, Finanzmarktprognosen, den chinesischen Fortschrittsglauben, südostasiatische Ewigkeitskonzepte sowie städtebauliche, sprachliche und philosophische Zukunftsentwürfe thematisieren. Diese interdisziplinäre Zusammenschau gewährt eine vertiefende Einsicht in die mentale Repräsentation und die kulturelle Logik der Zukunft.

Wem gehört die Zukunft?

"Du bist nicht der Kunde der Internetkonzerne. Du bist ihr Produkt."

Author: Jaron Lanier

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455851134

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

View: 1897

"Du bist nicht der Kunde der Internetkonzerne. Du bist ihr Produkt." Spätestens seit den Enthüllungen des Whistleblowers Edward Snowden ist klar: Die "schöne neue Welt" nimmt Gestalt an, und es wird höchste Zeit, ihr etwas entgegenzusetzen. Internetpionier und Cyberguru Jaron Lanier liefert eine profunde Analyse der aktuellen Trends in der Netzwerkökonomie, die sich in Richtung Totalüberwachung und Ausbeutung der Massen bewegt. Der Bestseller aus den USA endlich auf Deutsch!

God and the Future

Wolfhart Pannenberg's Eschatological Doctrine of God

Author: Christiaan Mostert

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 056726243X

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 2691

An introduction to the theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg.Pannenberg's extensive works, especially his recently published Systematic Theology, are increasingly regarded as of major importance. Professor Mostert here provides not only a general introduction to Pannenberg's theology, and many keys to enable the serious reader of theology to access Pannenberg's individual works, but also sets Pannenberg's complex thought in the broadest context of contemporary philosophical and theological thought.

The Past is the Present; It's the Future Too

The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art

Author: Christine Ross

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441105921

Category: Art

Page: 360

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The term 'temporality' often refers to the traditional mode of the way time is: a linear procession of past, present and future. As philosophers will note, this is not always the case. Christine Ross builds on current philosophical and theoretical examinations of time and applies them to the field of contemporary art: films, video installations, sculpture and performance works. Ross first provides an interdisciplinary overview of contemporary studies on time, focusing on findings in philosophy, psychology, sociology, communications, history, postcolonial studies, and ecology. She then illustrates how contemporary artistic practices play around with what we consider linear time. Engaging the work of artists such as Guido van der Werve, Melik Ohanian, Harun Farocki, and Stan Douglas, allows investigation though the art, as opposed to having art taking an ancillary role. The Past is the Present; It's the Future Too forces the reader to understand the complexities of the significance of temporal development in new artistic practices.

What Is the Future of Artificial Intelligence?

Author: John Allen

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781682820605

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

View: 4429

Computers are already able to defeat human chess champions and operate automobiles and aircraft independently. Computer networks, guided by artificial intelligence, promise to bring huge changes to business, marketing, medicine, transportation, warfare, and other areas of modern life.

The Future of Health Policy

Author: Victor R. Fuchs

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674338265

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 255

View: 5055

Americans are understandably concerned about the runaway costs of medical care and the fact that one citizen out of seven is without health insurance coverage. Solving these problems is a top priority for the Clinton administration, but as Victor Fuchs shows, the task is enormously complex. In this book Fuchs provides the reader with the necessary concepts, facts, and analyses to fully comprehend the complicated issues of health policy. He shows why health care reform that benefits society as a whole will unavoidably burden certain individuals and groups.