Journal of Futures Studies

Technology Futures

Bad Language: Emerging Issues in Electronic Discourse

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Critical and Epistemological Foresight, Research in Progress, Technology Futures | Comments Off on Bad Language: Emerging Issues in Electronic Discourse

by Rex Troumbley Introduction This project considers the conditions necessary for the concept of “bad language” and several issues which are emerging as a result of their regulation in electronic discourse. Building on the theories of Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong, this project demonstrates how varying dominant communicative technologies have molded consciousness and created different types […]

Occlusive Reality

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Research in Progress, Technology Futures | Comments Off on Occlusive Reality

by Aaron Rosa Introduction As Augmented Reality (AR) tentatively moves from obscurity to ubiquity, we find ourselves constantly enticed by the purported capabilities and glossy demonstration videos of this technology. While major corporate players seek to establish unique identities in this emerging information space, their design fictions focus on a product’s ability to improve everyday activities. […]

“Generation Screwed” – Are US youths opting or being forced out of society?

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Research in Progress, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives, Technology Futures | Comments Off on “Generation Screwed” – Are US youths opting or being forced out of society?

by Janet Faulkner Introduction In the future, it is plausible that the creative class will continue to surge with economic dominance while driving demand and fueling financial support in the creation of smart cities. During this technological advancement, what are the plausible futures for the growing group of young citizens labeled NEET (Lee, 2011) (not in […]

The Dawn of our Patent Futures

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Research in Progress, Technology Futures | Comments Off on The Dawn of our Patent Futures

by Heather Frey Introduction The plethora of topics touched on by United States’ patent law makes a discussion of its futures an overwhelming challenge. This provocation is exacerbated by the current discourse surrounding patents, which either focuses on the subject area being patented1 or the processes involved in obtaining a patent.2 These approaches are symptoms of […]

Future Arts, Media, and Entertainment: Seeds for 2020

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Art and Design, Media, Communications and Foresight, Technology Futures | Comments Off on Future Arts, Media, and Entertainment: Seeds for 2020

by Kate McCallum Introduction The explosive, accelerating growth of knowledge in a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world gives us so much to know about so many things that it seems impossible to keep up. At the same time, we are flooded with so much trivial news that serious attention to serious issues gets little interest, […]

Consciousness, Cosmic Evolution, and the Technological Singularity

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Technology Futures, Transhumanism | Comments Off on Consciousness, Cosmic Evolution, and the Technological Singularity

by Tom Lombardo Introduction In this essay I critically examine two influential evolutionary visions of the cosmos—those of Eric Chaisson and Ray Kurzweil—focusing on their explanations of consciousness within their evolutionary theoretical frameworks, and how they conceptualize the significance of consciousness within their respective views of the coming “technological singularity” (Vinge, 1993). My central argument is […]

The Changing Social Meanings of Pets and Their Alternative Futures

December 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Narrative Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives, Technology Futures | Comments Off on The Changing Social Meanings of Pets and Their Alternative Futures

by Yaling Chou ABSTRACT The reason pets have become so popular lies in their functionality as objects of entertainment and companions. In addition, with the constant development of both capitalism and various technologies, pets have reached the point of becoming accessories to humans. Indeed, humans and pets, respectively, live in an upper and lower class relationship. […]

Experience-based Exploration of Complex Energy Systems

September 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Case Studies, Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Energy Futures, Modeling, Simulation and Gaming, Technology Futures | Comments Off on Experience-based Exploration of Complex Energy Systems

by Andreas Ligtvoet & Emile J. L. Chappin ABSTRACT In our energy-restricted world, planners and engineers have to cope with problems of CO2 emissions and oil- and gas-shortages. Many planning activities not captured under the heading of “futures studies” share common goals like dealing with an uncertain, complex future. We focus on two novel approaches: agent-based […]

The Complex Futures of Emerging Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Foresight and Governance in Australia

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Global Foresight, Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives, Technology Futures | Comments Off on The Complex Futures of Emerging Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Foresight and Governance in Australia

by Kristin Alford, Sarah Keenihan & Stephen McGrail ABSTRACT This paper outlines trends in the development of high-profile new technologies such as nano- and bio-technology, identifying roles foresight and governance practices must play to enable their usage in addressing ‘wicked’ problems (e.g. climate change). We explain the notion of emerging technologies, and their expected convergences, and consider both […]

Australia’s Potential Internet Futures: Incasting Alternatives Using a New Technology Images Framework

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Innovation, Service Design and Enterprise, Political and Policy Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures, Technology Futures | Comments Off on Australia’s Potential Internet Futures: Incasting Alternatives Using a New Technology Images Framework

by Alex Burns & Stephen McGrail ABSTRACT Australia’s Federal Government announced the National Broadband Network (NBN) in 2009. NBN’s current roll-out is scheduled for completion in 2021, with market forecasts estimating optical fibre overtaking DSL broadband connections in about 2015. This paper provides a timely contribution to more critical and expansive analysis of potential Australian internet futures. […]


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