Magazine article The Futurist

The Best Predictions of the Year: A Review

Magazine article The Futurist

The Best Predictions of the Year: A Review

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Previously in THE FUTURIST, the November-December issue's annual Outlook report showcased some of the most thought provoking forecasts published in this magazine during 2011. In this issue, we look at some of the best predictions made by others throughout the year.

For this project--led by deputy editor Patrick Tucker--the editors sought ideas from a broad variety of sources, from pundits in international think tanks and research institutions to fearless forecasters in pop culture and the blogosphere.

What makes a prediction a "good" one? First, it has to bear some resemblance to a recognizable possible future. Next, it has to be important. As much as we enjoy "predicting" the outcome of this season's Celebrity Apprentice, it's of little consequence to the general prospects for human and planetary well-being.

One thing that these "good" predictions do not require is a pleasant, feel-good outcome. Even a "negative" forecast is a good one if it's useful in raising awareness of problems that we can work together to solve or consequences that we can avert. …

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