What is the Future?

What is the Future?

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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.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745696577

About John Urry

John Urry (1946-2016) was Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster Universityshow more

Table of contents

Contents Preface 1. Introduction: The Future Has Arrived Part 1 - A Brief History of the Future 2. Past Futures 3. New Catastrophic Futures Part 2 - Complex Systems and the Future 4. Time and Complex Systems 5. Innovating Futures 6. Methods for Making Futures Part 3 - Future Scenarios 7. Manufacturing Future Worlds 8. Cities on the Move 9. Climates 10. Conclusion: The Future of Futures References Indexshow more

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