[ExI] Most Useful Futurists Past?

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 15:01:31 UTC 2015

On 28 September 2015 at 14:36, Robin D Hanson  wrote:
> I accept these as examples of futurists that are read, admired, and inspired
> others into futurism. But do these count as concrete examples of helping
> "make the future better via their efforts”, other than via creating or
> inspiring invention? I worry that the futurist track record is far heavier
> with admiration, and even accuracy, than with concrete help for the future.

Well if you want concrete futurism, look at all the Star Trek devices
that are now real (or almost real).

handheld communicator
tablet computers
Bluetooth headset
Tricorder devices for medical sensing
USB data devices
Voice activation
Large view screens now in every home
Universal Language Translator
GPS systems to locate crew members
Phaser weapons

BillK (waiting for transporter system).

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