Future Culture

Futurist Writer Lei Kalina writes her tongue-in-cheek musings and ramblings on the growing worldwide phenomenon of the growth of the Future Culture in the 21st Century

Future Culture In The 21st Century

Future Culture In the 21st Century

Futures Studies, Foresight, or Futurology , according to Wikipedia, is the science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futures studies (colloquially called "Futures" by many of the field's practitioners) seeks to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel. Part of the discipline thus seeks a systematic and pattern-based understanding of past and present, and to determine the likelihood of future events and trends. Futures is an interdisciplinary field, studying yesterday's and today's changes, and aggregating and analyzing both lay and professional strategies, and opinions with respect to tomorrow.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Humanitarian Tech In Action

Either I was about to guffaw uncontrollably, or widen my eyes in shocked amazement at what I heard . We were at Mapua Institute of Technology Manila where I hosted the thirteenth leg of our Manila Futurists Society seminar-event campus tour last September , and I was chatting with a communications professor when, I heard him say with utmost conviction that technology is "immoral". Duh.

Of course I thought I heard wrongly... but yes, he really meant it. Cannot believe my ears, really.

How can this happen in this day and age? I asked myself.

Just when scientific advancements and technological breakthroughs have been making milestones year after year
--- whether it be in the field of health and medicine , cyberculture and information technology, business and society --- some "unenlightened " souls are still suffering from "future shock" , scared of technology, fearful and intimidated by scientific breakthroughs and technological achievements.

And today, I stumble upon PopSci.com's feature on "Humanitarian Tech In Action" --- samplings of how technology helps humanity in the Third World for year 2008, a ready helping hand for rural India, tsunami-ravaged Indonesia, and far-flung areas of Sierra Leone .

Check it out: http://www.popsci.com/scitech/gallery/2008-09/humanitarian-tech-action

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