Archive for October, 2016

Foresight Certificate Boot Camp Registration for 2017 now open

October 30, 2016

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 UH Foresight Certificate is now open. The five-day course will take place January 16-20 (and also May 1-5) at the Hilton hotel right on the campus of the University of Houston. Peter Bishop kicked off the first certificate back in 2009 and we’ve been running […]

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Forest Futures: Hotdogs Made of Trees?

October 28, 2016

This is exactly what the doctor prescribed. The fat substitute of the future! This isn’t quite what I was expecting to find when scanning for the future of forest products, but the implications are intriguing. Newsweek Europe highlighted the new plan which could soon allow hot-dog lovers to consume your favorite foodstuff free of guilt […]

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Student Dave Ramirez on Software’s Right to Life

October 26, 2016

“Within 50 years a legally binding “right to life” (a right not to be terminated or shut down with violation punishable as a capital offense) will be granted to software by some nation on Earth, effectively giving constitutional “human rights” to a software system.” My reasoning is based on three ideas. First, everything physical will […]

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Forest Futures: Facetime the Woods

October 17, 2016

What’s the point of exploring the forest in person, when the risks outweigh the benefits by far? That may be the future question we find ourselves asking. Intuitively we recognize the value of being in nature – to connect, to appreciate, to relax.  In his 2005 book “The Last Child in the Woods”, Richard Louv documents behavior […]

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Futurists in the Media: Early October 2017 Update

October 17, 2016

A quick roundup of hits from since the September update. About half are from organizational futurists and half from consulting futurists. There’s the typical “change is coming fast” and “deep change” keynotes, and the much-covered Millennials, in this case noting how they are hesitant to take vacations. Among the other topics were cybersecurity, supply chain, […]

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Forest Futures: May I Camp on You? The Future of Autonomous Ecosystems

October 10, 2016

Sitting in her self-driving pod on her way to work, Jenny surfed her augmented virtual system for a camping site for her and her partner. She was old enough to remember when you could simply book a campsite online. Now, many National Parks had been given autonomous control, and within that autonomy, many Parks had […]

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Single Versus Alternative Futures

October 5, 2016

As part of Futures Research class, we have a discussion forum on the following question: “Why do you think it has taken so long for people to accept that the future is a set of multiple possibilities? And why some of them still prefer to try to predict the future?” Below is what I thought was […]

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Forest Futures: Forests as Therapy

October 4, 2016

A stewardship strategy for forests is to envision and promote their “value proposition” to the public, or in simpler terms, highlight why they are valuable. That might involve innovating new uses or perhaps reimagining old uses in a creative way. Take “forest bathing,” which was highlighted in a 2015 Trends Report by SpaFinder. It describes […]

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