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  • Foresight is rarely 20/20
  • Foresight is rarely 20/20
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Are we addicted to the future?

Futurologists – those allegedly able to predict the future – are in high demand from newspapers and major companies keen to see into the coming years. Yet the vast majority of predictions are wrong. What's the appeal of future-gazing? And what might mobilise our visions into the present?

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2016 marks the release of the next ‘Global Trends: Alternative Worlds’ – the quadrennial report from the US National Intelligence Council intended to help presidential administrations make forward-thinking decisions. Despite collecting the best guesses at what the future holds for over 20 years, previous predictions were often highly inaccurate. According to the report’s experts, tensions with North Korea should have been a thing of the past by 2010.

“It's a constant motif in the media; that there are experts who are very good at knowing what is going to happen and that we can trust them,” says ...

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