Futurism in a general sense is concern with events and trends of the future or which anticipate the future. It was also an art movement begun in Italy in 1909 to celebrate and incorporate the energy and dynamism of modern technology. The art movement apparently ended in 1918. Perhaps it was interrupted by World War I.

This is an artist's impression of futurism or feed your mind, brain, futurism, future studies, futurology. Credit: Singularity Utopia.

Theoretical futurism edit

Def. a "study and prediction of possible futures"[1] is called futurism.

The future of futurism edit

"By combining the best of three different approaches to futurism--crisis futurism, evolutionary futurism, and spiritual futurism--we can realize vast human potentials and, perhaps, even attain the next stage of human evolution."[2]

Before hominins had large brains they first started walking upright. To evolve larger brains we need to be taller with appropriate support structure or we break our necks ever more often. To evolve the ability to fly we need to become smaller, have a lot of holes in our bones and fit our brains into a much smaller space. Or, we could invent aircraft and spacecraft and enjoy more recreational activity. There are always bills to pay.

"The effort to think systematically about the future began little more than a half-century ago, and the results so far have not been impressive. Today's futurists hope that more sophisticated methods will allow them to provide a better picture of what tomorrow may bring."[3]

Part of the problem with accurately predicting or trying to predict the future is that hedging and investment specialists are more likely to try to own the future and its inventors and inventions to maximize their gain, especially the more accurate the predictions become.

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Discussion questions edit

  • How can a better understanding of futurism and futurology help to better and benefit humanity and society?
  • How do futurism, business, and economics intersect? What research could be disseminated in relation to such intersections?
  • How can futurism be utilized to help mitigate environmental problems?
  • How can futurism be utilized to help address social problems in a successful way?

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References edit

  1. Imran~enwiktionary (1 September 2015). "futurism, In: Wiktionary". San Francisco, California: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-17. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. Barbara Marx Hubbard (April 1983). "The Future of Futurism: Creating a New Synthesis". Futurist 17 (2): 52-8. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ278746. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  3. David Rejeski and Robert L. Olson (Winter 2006). "Has Futurism Failed?". The Wilson Quarterly 30 (1): 14-21. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40261340. Retrieved 2015-09-17.