Tagged: future

A fictional timeline of the future - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 28, 2012

In an earlier post I noted how optimistic some early 19th Century visions of the future were. I wondered then whether we are getting more pessimistic. Now there is some real data to play with. Brain Pickings has published an infographic from Giorgia Lupi called A visual timeline of the future based on famous fiction. Read More

The Future by Airbus - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 27, 2012

I’ve been looking at the latest instalment of The Future by Airbus and considering how it compares to the way some New Zealand sectors are looking toward the future. Their latest work is centred on “smarter skies”, and they look at 5 concepts associated with reducing fuel and energy emissions. Their horizon is 2050. Airbus’ approach is less about predicting what … Read More

TOSP Episode 20: February 14th 2012 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Elf Eldridge Feb 15, 2012

Greetings, TOSP listeners! This week’s podcast is a teensy bit late (heh), and a little different to usual as it was the first we’ve done and edited ‘On the Road’. We (well, Elf – aimee was driving like a loon between Auckland and Wellington as practice for the Rally) travelled to … Read More

12 Trends post-Christmas (Part 2) - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jan 12, 2012

Finally Part 2 of some key trends to think about for the longer term. 700 quadrillion 770 actually. The amount of energy (in British Thermal Units) the planet may be using in 2035, up from 505 quadrillion Btu in 2008, according to the Energy Information Administration’s International Energy Outlook 2011 Reference Case projection. A quadrillion is 10 … Read More

The Future of Healthcare - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 16, 2011

I’m still preparing my end of year trend posting, so for now I’ll just point you in the direction of a short article on the future of healthcare that I wrote for  Pharmac’s (the New Zealand government’s pharmaceutical purchasing agency) Annual Review (PDF, 1.5 MB). The Pharmaceutical industry is in an interesting period of change. About US$100 Billion “patent dividend” … Read More

The Future of Science in 2021? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 25, 2011

The Institute for The Future has released another of its graphics of future developments. This one is about where science will be in ten years’ time. I find their graphics in general are more style over substance, and often difficult to digest. Their ‘Multiverse of Exploration’ includes fairly obvious advances over the next decade, such as developments … Read More

Transforming Not Recovering - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 24, 2011

In my previous post  I noted some of the major global changes underway. No one has the solution to how best navigate the energy, economic, educational, and geopolitical transitions underway. So what could New Zealand do? Futures practitioners often write about ‘possible futures’, ‘probable futures’ and ‘preferred futures’. The object of the last is to identify where you’d … Read More