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Wed May 8, 2013, 02:14 PM

What do you think of a DU 'Futures' forum? [View all]

There are already numerous posts on Democratic Underground on various views of the future; many, maybe most, are from an extreme pessimistic, even misanthropic, orientation ("We're doomed, and we deserve it!" "The planet will be better off without us!". There are a handful on the opposite end of the spectrum; people expecting a "technological singularity" within the next few decades.

What brought this on? I just received my copy of Eric Drexler's new book: Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization. Drexler's book is definitely not of the pollyanish, technological-singulatarian variety. He recognizes the fact that we live on a very finite planet and that there may be downsides to nanotechnology; but, I'd still call it a hopeful vision of the future.

There are other authors on Amazon that will be on my 'must-read' list: Douglas Rushkoff and Jaron Lanier, among others. Rushkoff and Lanier are both addressing the downsides of the information revolution, and how we might avoid them.

Back to the question: Would a Futures forum be useful?
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0 (0%)
I think the Science and Energy/Environment forums serve that purpose already
2 (25%)
I like the idea
0 (0%)
I like the idea and I would contribute to the forum
6 (75%)
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LongTomH May 2013 OP
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Warren DeMontague May 2013 #2
UnseenUndergrad May 2013 #3
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Warren DeMontague May 2013 #5
Posteritatis May 2013 #7
LongTomH May 2013 #10
wet.hen88 May 2013 #6
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Quantess May 2013 #12
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