Scenarios and Actions
In print and for download
A three-year international study by The Millennium Project produced three detailed scenarios, conducted 30 national workshops in 29 countries, identified hundreds of actions distilled to 93 that were assessed by hundreds of futurists and related experts from over 50 countries.
A pragmatic exploration of possible futures—choices and consequences‑‑really exercised my imagination.
---- Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer
Work/Technology 2050: Scenarios and Actions could be the broadest, deepest, long-range international assessment about what to do about the future impacts of future technology produced so far.
The potential impacts of artificial intelligence and robotics on the future of work have become a major topic of conversation and research. However, most do not make distinction among artificial narrow intelligence, artificial general intelligence, and artificial super intelligence. In the Work/Technology 2050 Global Scenarios these distinctions are made clear plus other next technologies such as synthetic biology.
The Millennium Project reviewed over thirty “future of work” studies to find what questions were not asked and those that were answered inadequately. These formed the basis for a survey to address those questions. The results served to create three draft detailed scenarios to 2050, which were reviewed and improved by several hundred futurists and relevant experts selected by The Millennium Project’s Nodes around the world.
The three scenarios are:
· It’s Complicated—A Mixed Bag
· Political/Economic Turmoil—Future Despair
· If Humans Were Free—The Self-Actualization Economy
The scenarios are a very rich, detailed source of future possibilities that were used by the workshops to identify actions to address the issues in the three scenarios. The hundreds of suggested actions were distilled to 93 actions, which were further assessed via five international Real-Time Delphi panels (government and governance; business and labor; education and learning; arts and media; and the S&T) as to their feasibility and impact, plus comments and additional suggestions. The report gives a page of distilled intelligence for each of the actions.
This 200-page report complete with graphs, charts, and figures is available in print for US$45.95 and US$25.95 for download at:
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The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank connecting 65 Nodes around the world that identify long-range challenges and strategies, and initiate and conduct foresight studies, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. Its mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today. It produces the State of the Future reports, the Futures Research Methodology series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies. Over 4,500 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities have participated in The Millennium Project’s research, since its inception, in 1992 and founding in 1996. The Millennium Project was selected among the top ten think tanks in the world for new ideas and paradigms by the 2013 and 2014 University of Pennsylvania’s GoTo Think Tank Index, and 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate for its contributions to collective intelligence systems.