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Institutions - Société, modes de vie

Happy Five-Hundredth, Thomas More!

Bon anniversaire, Thomas More !

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 ...



Économie, emploi - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Tomorrow’s Energy Prices: An Analysis of System, Actors and Shaping Factors

Le prix de l’énergie demain. Une analyse du système, des acteurs et des facteurs d’évolution

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 ...


Recherche, sciences, techniques - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Energy Forecasts and their Attendant Risks

Les prévisions énergétiques et leurs aléas

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 ...


Recherche, sciences, techniques

Science and Science Fiction, a Volatile Combination

Science et science-fiction, un duo détonant

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 ...


Recherche, sciences, techniques

Science Fiction and Innovation

Science-fiction et innovation

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 ...


Recherche, sciences, techniques

A Look at the Genesis of Foresight Studies

Un regard sur la genèse de la prospective. À propos de l’ouvrage d’Elke Seefried, “Zukünfte. Aufstieg und Krise der Zukunftsforschung 1945-1980”

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 ...

Enseignement supérieur

Toujours en vente, le numéro 424 très largement consacré aux enjeux de l’enseignement supérieur en France (finalités, modèle, réforme, concurrence internationale…)

Dossier SF et prospective

Et toujours disponibles, les numéros 413 (juillet-août 2016) et 416 (janvier-février 2017) avec leur dossier spécial Science-fiction et prospective, complété par l'article de Gilbert Hottois dans le numéro 420.

Dossier Productivité, croissance, emploi

Cinq articles autour de ce thème dans le numéro 417, mars-avril 2017, dont notamment « Croissance économique et productivité sur longue période », « Les métiers de l’assurance à l’épreuve du numérique », « Le ralentissement des gains de productivité ».

Futuribles en espagnol

La revue colombienne Sotavento traduit régulièrement  en espagnol certains articles de la revue Futuribles. Pour les consulter, cliquez sur les liens suivants :
- Hors-série 2015

- Hors-série 2013

- Hors-série 2011


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