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A Brief History of Predicting the Future [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Euin Cobb
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This 20-page chronicle--written by an experienced futurist who has interviewed over 300 people for their opinion about the future--describes how predicting the future has changed many times through the centuries: from magic to science, and from science fiction to computation. This is a quick and lively romp designed to give the reader a taste of what futurology today is all about, and a feel for the long uphill climb it has made from its humble beginnings in the dawn of antiquity. (Approximately: 5,600 Words)

Section Titles -- The Future is Deep; The Far Future; The Near Future; From Ancient Magic to Scientific Causality; Science Fiction made the Future Fun; But then the Future Got Serious; Yes, the Future does Compute; The Future may get Weird; Just before it becomes Unimaginable; Transhumanists want you to be Better than Healthy; Virtual Living; End of the World; But not all Futures are Deadly or even Weird.


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  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089QAEDU
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Accurate Read March 1, 2015
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An short essay detailing the various ways that future prediction has been performed, from magic systems such as i-ching and horoscopes to the more modern uses of big data and trend analysis. Stephen Cobb is careful to point out the problems any method of future prediction inherently has. I enjoy his insights into a fascinating subject matter.
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More About the Author

Stephen Euin Cobb has interviewed over 350 people for his work as an author, columnist, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster.

A contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine; he has also been a regular contributor for Robot Magazine, HumanityPlus Magazine, Grim Couture Magazine and Port Iris Magazine; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen's Universe Magazine.

Stephen has spoken to over 150 audiences at 30 conventions. He has lectured, participated on discussion panels (often moderating the panels because of his experience conducting interviews), and assisted in teaching workshops about how to write with greater clarity and power.

Since 2005 he has produced nearly 400 episodes of his weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores (through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary) all the ways the future will be different from today.

Stephen is also an artist, essayist, game designer, transhumanist, and is on the Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation.

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