Tagged: future

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

Turbulent Transitions - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 17, 2011

If you are keeping up with your futures’ reading then you’ll know about the plethora of trends and drivers that are shaping, or could shape, our future — continuing globalization, population growth or stagnation (depending where you live), multilateralism, paying down debt, urbanisation, aging western populations, obesity, rising economic inequalities, energy crises, climate change, technological convergences, economic growth across Asia, … Read More

The Internet of Things - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 02, 2011

An interesting infographic from Cisco forecasts the anticipated growth of devices connected over the internet. It notes that the number of things connected to the internet in 2008 was greater than the world population. By 2020 it predicts that 50 billion things will be connected — from cows to household appliances. This assumes that Internet Protocol version 6 is … Read More

Welcome to my world wide futures web - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Aug 02, 2011

These blog postings will be on the theme of looking to the future — foresighting — particularly in relation to science and technologies. But not exclusively; I’ll also be examining social, environmental, economic and political trends and developments around the world as my fancy and browser take me. I’m on the look out for interesting developments, significant trends and influencers … Read More