Last December we celebrated the five-hundredth anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia, which revived a literary tradition begun by Plato — the detailed description of a society that its creator views as ideal. Nicole Morgan, a leading Thomas More specialist, takes a fresh look at this now classic work and its author, a great scholar and statesman, who in it outlines his vision of the optimal form of government as he and his humanist friends of the time ...
If one sector in recent decades has been a byword for how difficult it is to anticipate future developments at the global level, it has been the energy sector. We have seen fears over the dangers of a hydrocarbon shortage, the announcement of “peak oil” and a boom in shale gas and oil. Forecasts based on major trends within the field have been revised as non-conventional sources with a substantial impact on price levels have emerged. Added to this is ...
As Jean-Marie Chevalier stresses in this issue, it is currently quite tricky to pronounce on how energy prices will move over time or to predict how energy production systems will change. Further support for that view comes from this article by Rodolphe Greggio and Benoît Mafféï. They have looked into the way long-term energy forecasts are made and their conclusion is that, as things stand, they are doomed to fail.
The main underlying reason for this is the difficulty ...
In issue 413 of July-August 2016, Futuribles launched an extended series on the contributions made by science fiction to foresight studies and the relations between the two, in order to discern whether, and to what extent, science-fiction writers have influenced foresight thinking and the collective imagination. After examining these questions from the socio-political and environmental angles, we are resuming this series with a look at science and technology: what have relations been like between science as a discipline and science ...
In its July-August 2016 issue (no. 413), Futuribles began an extended series on science fiction’s relations with, and contribution to, foresight studies, in order to discern whether and to what extent science-fiction writers have had an influence on the collective imagination and on foresight thinking. After examining these questions from the socio-political and environmental angles, we resume this series here, looking now at science and technology: how do science, technology and science fiction relate to one another?
In this ...
The history of foresight studies and of thinking on the future has given rise to many books and articles, largely by American and French authors. However, unless we are much mistaken, no one has paid such attention as Elke Seefried to showing how this “non-discipline” was perceived in Germany in the aftermath of World War II. For that reason, this review by Corinne Roëls sheds interesting new light on the question — not least for the controversies to which it ...
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Une série consacrée à l’investissement des entreprises dans la fabrique du bien commun, ouverte dans le numéro 426 (articles de Marthe de La Taille-Rivero et d’Hubert Landier), poursuivie dans le numéro 427 (articles de Jean-Pierre Worms et de Gilles Vermot-Desroches), complétée par divers articles parus dans les numéros 429 (de Marianne Eshet et de Philippe-Henri Dutheil), 431 (d’Hélène Le Teno et de Marthe de La Taille-Rivero), 434 (de Geneviève Ferone Creuzet et Virginie Seghers) et 435 (de François Debiesse).
Série ouverte dans le numéro 428 par un vaste dossier consacré à l’exploration du cerveau humain et ses apports en matière d’apprentissage. Deuxième volet « À la découverte du cerveau » paru dans le numéro 431. Dernier volet, consacré aux relations hommes / machines (dont l’impact des écrans sur le développement des enfants), paru dans le n° 433.
Futuribles en portugais
La Fondation FHC (Fernando Henrique Cardoso) a entrepris de traduire une sélection d'articles de la revue Futuribles en portugais. Pour les consulter, cliquez sur les liens suivants :
- Numéro 1, août 2018
- Numéro 2, septembre 2019
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- Hors-série 2013
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