[ExI] Most Useful Futurists Past?
anders at aleph.se
Tue Sep 29 11:51:24 UTC 2015
On 2015-09-28 15:36, 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.
What about Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash", which directly inspired
Second Life and looks like it influenced Google Earth (and maybe more
Google strategy - the similarity between the privatized CIA in the novel
and Google are pretty interesting).
Then there are the people doing population forecasting, from Malthus and
onward. Their models have become essential for large-scale government
planning and finances, not to mention shaping the discourse on
population, overpopulation, demographic transitions etc.
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
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