What is "forensic futurism"?

What happens when predictions about the future go wrong? Should we just laugh at them, or is there something we can learn from even the goofiest prognostications about unisex jumpsuits and food pills? Futurist Jamais Cascio believes there is — he says we can use forensic futurism to diagnose why predictions go wrong.… » 2/20/12 9:54am 2/20/12 9:54am

Why the future needs danger

In a tremendously interesting essay, futurist Jamais Cascio argues that fear of the future is crucial to predicting what will come next. In fact, we can't think meaningfully about tomorrow without acknowledging that it might spell our doom. » 12/16/10 7:30am 12/16/10 7:30am

Your Posthumanism Is Boring Me

Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009, Jamais Cascio is a futurist who writes about the environment, technology, and culture. Here he argues that yesterday's posthumanism is today's boring quotidian. » 5/08/10 2:15pm 5/08/10 2:15pm

Why The iPad Is Crap Futurism

The real question about Apple's new multitouch pseudo-computer, dubbed the iPad, is not whether it sucks or rocks. What all of us really want to know is whether it will change the future. The answer? Yes, but badly. » 1/28/10 4:47pm 1/28/10 4:47pm

A Robot Took My Job! Yay?

Worried that your job is about to be stolen by a lousy robot? According to social futurist Jamais Cascio, that might be one of the better economic futures available to us at this point. But why? » 8/29/09 11:00am 8/29/09 11:00am

Google Is Making Us Smarter

Though it is fashionable to say the internet is making us stupid, futurist Jamais Cascio just published an article in The Atlantic refuting that idea. In fact, he thinks computer networks and biotech are an evolutionary response to global crisis. » 6/24/09 1:00pm 6/24/09 1:00pm

Do Americans Need Ritalin To Stay Ahead In The Global Economy?

Futurist Jamais Cascio has a terrific new essay about arguments over cognitive enhancement drugs like Ritalin and Provigil. He asks whether people will stop objecting to the drugs when jobs are at stake. Cascio says:
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Join a Mass Experiment in Futurist Speculation with the Game…

The year is 2019, and a report has just come out proving that the Earth's population is likely to suffer catastrophic collapse by the 2040s. Energy costs are rising, a new pandemic called ReDS is devastating the globe, homelessness has reached epic proportions, and the internet has become a miasma of spam that… » 10/16/08 9:00am 10/16/08 9:00am

It's Not Earth Day — It's Human Civilization Day

Today is Earth Day, a celebration that's supposed to focus on attention on ecological balance — keeping our planet green and healthy. But as futurist Jamais Cascio points out in an essay published today, the point of environmentalism isn't to protect the planet — Earth has survived much worse than a little carbon… » 4/22/08 2:24pm 4/22/08 2:24pm

Weaponizing Climate Change for Battle

A new article in Foreign Policy suggests that geoengineering (or weather engineering) may be part of the next high-tech battle strategy for troops who want a force multiplier. The article is an updated version of an essay by futurist Jamais Cascio. Others have already speculated about how the ability to control rain… » 1/31/08 11:45am 1/31/08 11:45am

Searches for "End of the World" Are Skyrocketing on the Internets

Smartypants futurist Jamais Cascio has noticed something especially eschatological in the search logs for his blog, Open the Future. A few months ago, "end of the world" suddnely become the most popular search term leading people to his writing. Just to illustrate the weirdness, he's created a graph showing how the… » 12/28/07 7:00am 12/28/07 7:00am

Disabled People Driving the Next 10 Years of Computer Innovation

Quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister can control her boat using a computer activated by the "sip and puff" interface she has in her mouth. With this rig, she crossed the English channel on her own. Futurist Jamais Cascio, who consults with companies like Mozilla on 10-year innovation plans, told io9 that computers like… » 11/21/07 9:30am 11/21/07 9:30am