Magazine article The Futurist

What's Going on, What Does It Mean?

Magazine article The Futurist

What's Going on, What Does It Mean?

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It's hard to begin imagining where we're heading without some clue about how we got where we are in the first place. Trends visible now are the threads of change connecting the past and the future. Many of the "Trends Now Shaping Tomorrow's World" represent major shifts and have been tracked for years by Marvin Cetron, president of Forecasting International Ltd., and his colleague, science researcher and writer Owen Davies.

For example, the general improvement in world prosperity and rapid changes in cultural values are long-term forces that will continue to impact our world for the foreseeable future. Other issues, such as oil production and consumption, are showing important signs of transition, and understanding these changes is critical to the decisions we will be making in the years ahead.

Part One of Cetron and Davies's report, beginning on page 35 in this issue, focuses on the economy, culture, energy, and the environment; Part Two, to appear in May-June, will cover technology, workplace and management issues, and institutional trends.

One major technological trend under scrutiny is the pursuit of human-level artificial intelligence. …

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