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Tech 1313 Explores Jobs and Robots

Published on October 21, 2017 By Andy

The Houston Foresight Program introduces futures thinking into a few undergrad glasses. One is led by Alexandra Whittington called TECH 1313 (The Impact of Modern Technology on Society). She recently took several of her students to attend a Lecture on the UH campus:  “Whose Job Will Be Taken Over by a Robot?” by Dr. Rodica […]

First impressions of futurists in the media

Published on October 7, 2017 By Lloyd Chesley

As the new Fall 2018 FIM researcher, I thought I would share some first impressions. Almost all the articles about futurists have been positive or neutral, with only a few truly negative. Even when used in a non-futurist context, however, the “borrowed” term has had a positive connotation. It seems to be OK – dare […]

Student Craig Perry’s Review of Superforecasting in APF Compass

Published on October 1, 2017 By Kimberly Daniels

In the July 2017 issue of the APF’s Compass, foresight student Craig Perry reviews Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, by Phillip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner. The book, which has received mixed reviews, though mostly positive, puts forward the possibility of making fairly accurate short-term predictions about the future through multiple-source evidence gathering, probabilistic […]

Introducing Kimberly Daniels as the Fall 2017 Foresight GA

Published on September 20, 2017 By Andy

The baton has passed once again to a new GA this Fall – introducing Kimberly Daniels! Kimberly is a full-time student that recently relocated to Houston after several years of doing development work in West Africa. She began the program a year ago, has already completed seven courses, and is in line to graduate in  […]

Houston Foresight Spring 2017 Newsletter

Published on August 8, 2017 By Andy

Just realized that I neglected to post the Spring Newsletter put out by our Department. This issue includes: Foresight: A Description of the Field, by student Joe Murphy Foresight Student Bes Baldwin to Intern at Evonik Creavis Reflecting On Futurists In Media 2016 Congratulations to Our Fall 2016 Graduates: Gandhi Bhakthavachalam, Maria Romero, and Johann Schutte. […]

After Capitalism: The Circular Economy

Published on July 10, 2017 By Daniel Riveong

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Most of us have memorized this phrase to heart in our quest to be better to the environment. In Cradle-to-Cradle, architect William McDonough and former-Greenpeace activist Michael Braungart questions its efficacy. They argue that the 3Rs can at best reduce environmental harm, but not eliminate it. In a world that will peak […]

Foresight Certificate Boot Camp Registration for 2018 now open

Published on July 7, 2017 By Andy

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 UH Foresight Certificate is now open! The five-day courses will take place January 15-19 and April 30-May 4, 2018 at the Hilton hotel right on the campus of the University of Houston. We’ve been teaching the future in Houston since 1975. Peter Bishop kicked off […]

Field Report: Summer of Futures by Bes Baldwin

Published on June 29, 2017 By Andy

Greetings from across the pond!  This summer I’m working as an intern in the Corporate Foresight team at Evonik Creavis in Marl, Germany, a location that provided me a wonderful opportunity to attend the Design, Develop, Transform (DDT) futures conference, co-sponsored by the Erasmus University College Brussels and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M […]

After Capitalism: Values-Driven STEEP Entities

Published on June 22, 2017 By Andy

Since adoption of Integral values will play a key part in After-Capitalism structures, it is useful to know what STEEP (Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, Political) entities are founded in each the four values types. There are clear expressions of Traditional, Modern, Postmodern and Integral values under each STEEP category. We already see some nascent Integral […]

AI, the Forest, and Artisans

Published on June 14, 2017 By Kurt Callaway

The quickening pace of technology offers the promise of greater productivity and better decision-making within modern society, but there’s a downside to that potential.  The use of robots and artificial intelligence within industry threatens to displace not only low-skilled human workers, but also many in white-collar positions as AI improves in its competence in offering […]