What is the Future?

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Author: John Urry

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745696570

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Thinking about the future is essential for almost all organizations and societies. States, corporations, universities, cities, NGOs and individuals believe they cannot miss the future. But what exactly is the future? It remains a mystery – perhaps the greatest mystery, especially because futures are unpredictable and often unknowable, the outcome of many factors, known and unknown. The future is rarely a simple extrapolation from the present. In this important book, John Urry seeks to capture the many efforts that have been made to anticipate, visualize and elaborate the future. This includes examining the methods used to model the future, from those of the RAND Corporation to imagined future worlds in philosophy, literature, art, film, TV and computer games. He shows that futures are often contested and saturated with different interests, especially in relation to future generations. He also shows how analyses of social institutions, practices and lives should be central to examining potential futures, and issues such as who owns the future. The future seems to be characterized by 'wicked problems'. There are multiple 'causes' and 'solutions', long-term lock-ins and complex interdependencies, and different social groups have radically different frames for understanding what is at stake. Urry explores these issues through case-studies of 3D printing and the future of manufacturing, mobilities in the city, and the futures of energy and climate change.

What is the future for us?

heberbensi wars corruption poetry

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Author: Héber Bensi

Publisher: Casa do novo autor

ISBN: 8577123200

Category: Poetry

Page: 134

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What is the future for us? In these times of darkness, corruption reigns And does not leave crumbs to the slaves below ... Politicians forge improvements, but deflct assets, And they disfiure the sun in which the TV misrepresents images. Cruel politics paints a disfiured present. The bread gets more expensive, and the artwork bleeds The storm that gives goodbye to the children’s future. The boats are swaying in the wind of despair. Millions are diverted, hospitals are closed And schools are falling ... false bank acconts The walls, externally, what do these guys want? They steal children and then smile at them, Disorienting with directions. There is no return since the Indians are dead and the Forests are destroyed. There are no returns to the workers who will die in slavery. The future stuffed with dollars is dying dryly In external accounts, and internally the lights are Deleting the future. Since as the press is not reporting ... The imminent tragedy. The new Auschwitz is coming The new Auschwitz is coming, Digital Stakes of Intolerance Circulate the streets of blood and decay Of today’s bloody days. Poles of savagery and xenophobia are in the children’s booklets. Gods invented in the hatred of an augmented reality, In the falsehood of envy and greedy power. What is the future in the face of intolerance? All hatred is used on disposable days. The machines substitute values And with the heart people do not think. Lies are the political truths, Only hatred and indifference are planted In the minds of children bleeding Justice, and pervert tragedy. If Adolf Hitler came to speak in the square these days. They pick him up witn a limousine, anyway. Héber Bensi

What is the Future of the Music Industry?

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Author: Roman Espejo

Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780737741100

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 88

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Provides essays that cover varying opinions on the future of the music industry, discusses the threats that it faces, the role of digital music and the CD, and whether or not illegal file-sharing threatens the industry.

The Future of the Welfare State

A comparative study in EU-countries

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Author: Robert Urbé

Publisher: Lambertus-Verlag

ISBN: 3784124526

Category: Political Science

Page: 372

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The Future of Europe has to be social, or there will be no Future! Welfare in itself is a concept that is dependent on cultural differences. These provide an explanation for the different historically-rooted welfare concepts throughout European countries. For our research we have consciously focused on European Union member countries, the number of countries involved in one way or another in the project is twenty. According to Esping-Andersen we differentiate three different types of Welfare models: the liberal "Beveridge systems, the conservative, corporatist "Bismarck systems and the social democratic or Scandinavian (Nordic) regimes. Our working group decided to opt for an "own class of countries belonging to a "Mediterranean Model. And we added also a group of "Central and Eastern European Systems. After having described these systems and their development, we have examined if, and to what extent the countries of a given regime are all following the same trends and developments. The question of a possible convergence of all these models in one future European social model was also investigated. At the end the most important questions remain: How can we overcome the austerity paradigm and move towards a cohesive society where everyone participates according to his means and where everybody gets according to his needs? How can we agree on a minimum socket of social rights in all European Countries

What Is the Future of Drones?

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Author: Stuart A. Kallen

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781682820629

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Drones are incredibly versatile devices that will soon be everywhere as researchers develop new uses for the flying machines. This book looks into drones of the future and how they will be used by filmmakers, businesses, the military and police, and average consumers.

What Is the Future of Artificial Intelligence?

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Author: John Allen

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781682820605

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Computers are already able to defeat human chess champions and operate automobiles and aircraft independently. Computer networks, guided by artificial intelligence, promise to bring huge changes to business, marketing, medicine, transportation, warfare, and other areas of modern life.

What Is the Future of Virtual Reality?

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Author: Carla Mooney

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781682820940

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Virtual reality is best known for its applications in the gaming industry. Huge advances in virtual reality technology has opened the door to the use of this technology to change lives in medicine, entertainment, education, business, and the military.

"Security turns its eye exclusively to the future"

Zum Verhältnis von Sicherheit und Zukunft in der Geschichte

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Author: Christoph Kampmann,Angela Marciniak,Wencke Meteling

Publisher: Nomos Verlag

ISBN: 3845286733

Category: History

Page: 422

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Der Band verknüpft zwei Forschungsfelder, die seit einiger Zeit große Aufmerksamkeit in den Geschichts- und Sozialwissenschaften finden: Sicherheit und Zukunft. Epochenübergreifend zeigt er, wie Vorstellungen von Sicherheit und Zukunft zusammenhingen und politische Dynamik entfalteten. Denn Sicherheits- und Zukunftsentwürfe betrafen immer auch Fragen der Macht. Die geschichts- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Fallstudien reichen von religiösen Endzeitdiagnosen und präventivem Zukunftsmanagement in der Frühneuzeit bis zu Bemühungen um eine gemeinsame Sicherheit im internationalen Völkerrecht, von Sicherheit vor Seuchen bis zu Diagnosen eines nuklearen Weltuntergangs im Kalten Krieg, vom Sicherheitsdilemma staatlicher Überwachungspraktiken in einem liberalen Staatswesen bis zu Diskursen über Nachhaltigkeit und internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit. Mit Beiträgen von Tobias Bruns, Larry Frohman, Steffen Henne, Christoph Kampmann, Achim Landwehr, Angela Marciniak, Wencke Meteling, Elke Seefried, Marie-Christin Stenzel, Malte Thießen, Sascha Weber, Anna Veronika Wendland, Christian Wenzel, Andrea Wiegeshoff, Hannes Ziegler

The Future Is Not What It Used to Be

Climate Change and Energy Scarcity

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Author: Jörg Friedrichs

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262316633

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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The future is not what it used to be because we can no longer rely on the comforting assumption that it will resemble the past. Past abundance of fuel, for example, does not imply unending abundance. Infinite growth on a finite planet is not possible. In this book, Jörg Friedrichs argues that industrial society itself is transitory, and he examines the prospects for our civilization's coming to terms with its two most imminent choke points: climate change and energy scarcity. He offers a thorough and accessible account of these two challenges as well as the linkages between them.Friedrichs contends that industrial civilization cannot outlast our ability to burn fossil fuels and that the demise of industrial society would entail cataclysmic change, including population decreases. To understand the social and political implications, he examines historical cases of climate stress and energy scarcity: devastating droughts in the ancient Near East; the Little Ice Age in the medieval Far North; the Japanese struggle to prevent "fuel starvation" from 1918 to 1945; the "totalitarian retrenchment" of the North Korean governing class after the end of Soviet oil deliveries; and Cuba's socioeconomic adaptation to fuel scarcity in the 1990s. He draws important lessons about the likely effects of climate and energy disruptions on different kinds of societies.The warnings of climate scientists are met by denial and inaction, while energy experts offer little guidance on the effects of future scarcity. Friedrichs suggests that to confront our predicament we must affirm our core values and take action to transform our way of life. Whether we are private citizens or public officials, complacency is not an option: climate change and energy scarcity are emerging facts of life.

The Past is the Present; It's the Future Too

The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art

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Author: Christine Ross

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441105921

Category: Art

Page: 360

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The term 'temporality' often refers to the traditional mode of the way time is: a linear procession of past, present and future. As philosophers will note, this is not always the case. Christine Ross builds on current philosophical and theoretical examinations of time and applies them to the field of contemporary art: films, video installations, sculpture and performance works. Ross first provides an interdisciplinary overview of contemporary studies on time, focusing on findings in philosophy, psychology, sociology, communications, history, postcolonial studies, and ecology. She then illustrates how contemporary artistic practices play around with what we consider linear time. Engaging the work of artists such as Guido van der Werve, Melik Ohanian, Harun Farocki, and Stan Douglas, allows investigation though the art, as opposed to having art taking an ancillary role. The Past is the Present; It's the Future Too forces the reader to understand the complexities of the significance of temporal development in new artistic practices.

The Future of Hegel

Plasticity, Temporality, and Dialectic

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Author: Catherine Malabou

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415287203

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Malabou studies Hegel's concepts of time & temporality, relating them to topics such as substance, accident & the identity of the subject. She argues that the future is understood not simply as a moment in time but as something malleable & constantly open to change through our interpretation.

Sociology of the Future

Theory, Cases and Annotated Bibliography

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Author: Wendell Bell,James Wau

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610440390

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Concerns itself with the future of sociology, and of all social science. The thirteen authors—among them Wendell Bell, Kai T. Erikson, Scott Greer, Robert Boguslaw, James Mau, and Ivar Oxaal—are oriented toward a redefinition of the role of the social scientist as advisor to policymakers and administrators in all major areas of social concern, for the purpose of studying and shaping the future. This book contains research strategies for such "futurologistic" study, theories on its merits and dangers, as well as an annotated bibliography of social science studies of the future.

Technology and the Future of European Employment

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Author: Pascal Petit,Luc Soete

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1781950997

Category:

Page: 576

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What is the potential of the new information and communication technologies? This book assesses the relationship between technological change and employment in all its dimensions, focusing on contemporary economies in Europe. The authors discuss patterns

What is the Future of Italy?

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Author: American Historical Association. Historical Service Board

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Italy

Page: 49

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What Is the Future of Higher Education?

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Author: Roman Espejo

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 073777665X

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 136

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Education has rising costs, just like anything else, but it also has new avenues that create more access, such as online universities, open or free online courses, and specialized short-term certification. This volume explores a range of topics including what role online education will play, and how private and community colleges will function in the future.

What Is the Future of the U.S. Economy?

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Author: Susan C. Hunnicutt

Publisher: Greenhaven Press

ISBN: 9780737739435

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 102

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Provides viewpoints both opposing and supporting issues relating to the current status of the United States economy, including what factors may have caused the economic downturn and what measures should be taken to strengthen it.

What Is the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

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Author: Stephanie Watson

Publisher: Referencepoint Press

ISBN: 9781682820643

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Cars that drive themselves might seem like the stuff of science fiction. Yet much of the technology needed to steer cars through traffic, avoid other vehicles, and carry passengers safely to their destinations is already here. Within a few years, people may be able to turn complete control of driving over to their vehicles.

What Is the Future of Hydropower?

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Author: Stephen Currie

Publisher: Referencepoint PressInc

ISBN: 9781601522764

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Presents differing viewpoints on the future of renewable energy, addressing whether it will be able to replace fossil fuels, its affordability, and its impacts on the environment.