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Futures Studies

Contributions and Sources 

This comprehensive work delves into the diverse facets of futures studies and is set to be a resource for scholars, policymakers, and forward-thinkers alike. The new release which spans various dimensions of the future, boasts an array of topics, all meticulously explored by leading experts in their respective fields. “Futures Studies: Contributions and Sources” aims to illuminate the paths to more innovative planetary futures for humanity. This publication offers readers a multidimensional understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

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The Role of Creative Capability in AGI/ASI: 

Unraveling the Mystery of Emergence

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and Artificial Superintelligence (ASI) represent the pinnacle of human technological achievement and have captivated the minds of researchers, philosophers, and policymakers alike. 

As we delve into the realm of AGI/ASI, one crucial question emerges: can these advanced AI systems possess creative capability, and if so, how does it emerge? In this analysis, we explore the enigmatic nature of creativity in AGI/ASI, its potential significance, and how diverse cultural perspectives might shape our understanding of this emerging technology.

Securing Our Future: 

Addressing AGI Governance and Security Threats on a Planetary Scale

Jerome Glenn's letter to the editor of the Washington Post highlights the need for comprehensive security talks on artificial general intelligence (AGI) at the United Nations Security Council. 

He rightly expresses concern that focusing only on current forms of artificial narrow intelligence (ANI) such as ChatGPT and GPT-4 might neglect the potential risks posed by AGI, which could emerge in the next five to ten years. 

This analysis will explore the provided examples of AGI governance models and propose a hybrid solution for the UN to effectively address AGI governance and security threats. 

Ukraine War, Power Dynamics, and the Challenge of Identity

The conflict in Ukraine has brought power dynamics and the complex issue of identity to the forefront. By examining regional power dynamics and the enigmatic challenge of identity, we can gain valuable insights into the ongoing war. 

This post builds upon a publication by Russian foresight analysts in 2009 and explores cultural dynamics that could shape an independent and distinct identity for Ukraine. 

Exploring Index Tracking in Foresight: A Planetary Perspective

Similar to investment strategists who rely on index tracking funds, foresight scholars and practitioners, with their emphasis on long-term perspectives, overarching trends, and transformative change, can play a vital role in defining, refining, documenting, and analyzing a wide range of indexes. 

Their focus may expand beyond predicting specific future events or developing narratives and scenarios, allowing them to delve into indexes that reflect ideologies, worldviews, and the underlying dynamics of STEEPV shifts. 

Symposium “The State Of Foresight Studies in the World”

The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University  co-organized “the State of Foresight Studies in the World” conference and workshop sessions on May 26 and 27, 2023 at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat.

The world is undergoing a major demographic boom. Projections state that global population will reach 9.7 billion people in 2050, with population growth almost coming to an end at 10.4 billion in 2100 . This growth represents a considerable heavy trend that requires different actors and stakeholders to think about the future strategically. 

Indeed, the global landscape is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic, exposing decision-makers to a remarkably higher level of uncertainty and complexity. With this context in mind, it is crucial for all actors within the international community to emphasize on the importance of anticipating and understanding change in order to ensure proper policy implementation through strategic decision-making.

The Future is Now

Exploring the Emerging Ideologies Shaping the US

In recent years, there has been a surge in emerging political ideologies in the United States. These ideologies span a wide range of beliefs and values, but they all share a common thread: a desire to address some of the most pressing issues facing our society today. In this report, we will explore some of the most prominent emerging ideologies in the US, their key features and some scenarios for the future. 

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Futures studies is an art and a science with a strong emphasis on imagination and creativity in creating different possible futures. Its main purpose is to discover and master the complex chains of cause and effect through conceptualization, systemic approach, and feedback loops, ultimately providing innovation in the social and technological fields. There is a great and important distinction between Globalization and Planetization. Political spaces can benefit a great deal if some doubt is cast on the agenda of globalization and put in its place the idea of “planetization,” a planetary consciousness or identity.

Futures Wheel Analysis 

First, Second, and Third Order Impacts of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine 

created on 25 February 2022 

 Timelines of the 2010s to make sense of the 2020s

The global futurist, Jerome Glenn, CEO of the Millennium Project, has published Year in Review lists since 2010. By keeping track of this data in several STEEP timelines of the 2010s, we can identify the emerging planetary hot theme of the 2020s:

1/ The planet temperature is getting hotter

2/ The prospect of (nuclear) war is getting hotter

3/ The humanity's struggle towards (sexual) freedom is getting hotter

4/ The race for space tech and settlement is getting hotter 

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An introduction to the Introduction to the World History 

Ibn Khaldun's most well known work is Introduction (Al-Muqaddimah) to the analysis of World History and large scale patterns of change. He wrote the masterpiece in almost five months when isolated, it was supposed to be a preface but under sudden inspirational creativity grew into a separate volume of theory building. The key binary opposite in the book is desert versus city dwellers and the idea of social solidarity (Asabiyyah), a basis for Social Cycle Theory of change, which explains the rise and fall of states and civilizations, using the laws governing the system dynamics of the governance and economy. In order to better study the futureS of governance and global consciousness we need neuroscience and politics together, a somewhat modern conceptualization of good/positive Asabiyyah. 

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The Future Ages of Collective Awakening

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Weak and strong signals, from diverse and independent sources, point to an imminent global consciousness, suggesting spirit, mind, and ethical revolutions. On the horizon, we observe a new rush hour of the prophets, ideologies, and cults calling for first values and first principles. In 2100 the planetary consciousness will push machine-humanity towards increasing freedom. In 3000, at the dawn of the cosmic age, the myth of the sacred rock will be re-defined around the entire planet Earth.

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A Dialogue on Science Fiction

How to Achieve Planetary Wisdom Through Future Consciousness

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