Magazine article The Futurist

Preview of Things to Come in July! A WorldFuture Sneak Peek

Magazine article The Futurist

Preview of Things to Come in July! A WorldFuture Sneak Peek

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For this issue of THE FUTURIST, we invited several of our 2013 conference participants to offer us a preview of their forthcoming presentations at WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon.

* In "Mapping the Future with Big Data," FUTURIST deputy editor Patrick Tucker shows how data analysis will change our decision-making process in the decades ahead. He argues that big data brings us closer to a truly predictable future. See page 14.

* In "New Tools for War and Peace: Technology Game Changers," FUTURIST associate editor Rick Docksai interviews national security consultant John Watts of the Noetic Corporation. He discusses the potential of aerial drones, nanobot swarms, analytic gaining, and other developments to alter the security landscape in the years ahead. See page 20.

* In "The Rise of Citizen Science," social and cultural historian Kathleen Toerpe shows how a wide range of amateur science lovers have turned their hobbies into significant contributions in data collection, analysis, and research breakthroughs. See page 25.

* In "Life Imitates Art: Cyborgs, Cinema, and Future Scenarios," media scholar and multiplatform producer Ramona Pringle describes on how our visions of the future both reflect and are reflected by the scenarios we create in films, games, and other media. …

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