Futurevision represents a new stage in the evolution of near term research and speculation into the world of tomorrow. This volume, which brings together twenty-five leading experts in a variety of social and scientific areas, attempts to foresee likely harmful or undesirable results of advances hi scientific and technological ingenuity. In developing an early-warning system designed to elicit prudent reflection and timely action, futurism has now entered the mainstream of social thought.
The volume is divided into eight categories: the future of work, education, management, sustainability, projections about the future, decline or revitalization, medical ethics, and the global scene as such. Among the major issues taken up are the threat of persistent technological unemployment in high-tech societies, approaches to teaching about the future, new forms of specialization and speculation, virtual learning in simulated contexts, planning models in business and industry that permit rapid shifts, changes in the economy that result from a move from a product to a service-based economy, patterns of innovation in agriculture using less space to feed more people, and the general analysis of forecasting and predicting future events with present methodologies.
Futurevision aims to recast the basic fault lines of current social, scientific, and technological analysis. The volume emphasizes long-term perspectives, future relevant research and thinking, weapons analysis and warfare, population and planetary exploration—examining what constitutes significant knowledge in this new environment—and the broad area of learning and caring hi meaningful contexts. There is a new seriousness in future research that will be appealing to students and teachers and researchers of sociology, psychology, and economics, especially those working with current data and qualitative research techniques.