It's always fun to read about what various "futurists" have to say, even if it it's pretty rare that anyone goes back and looks at how accurate the futurists really are. Slate is looking at the latest generation of futurists and noting that it basically seems like more of the same. Everyone's big on technology, but some think the technology will be empowering, while others think it will be damaging. Still, it seems like the real problem with futurism is the name. It suggests that people are actually predicting the future -- which no one can really do. The value in futurism isn't in predicting the future, but in raising different possibilities that people might not have thought about otherwise. That helps people better understand multiple possible futures, and think about what would need to be done in any of them. This way, people aren't caught offguard by innovations and changes. Unfortunately, though, with the name "futurists" being used, too many are dismissed as random musings of people trying to predict a future they'll never get right.
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