Routledge studies in science, technology, and society.
The future as a field of inquiry, debate or forecasts continues to flourish. However, this book differs from existing literature in several important ways. It is not another publication on future scenarios guided by a linear technological fix - nor is it simply a volume of new statistics on economic, demographic or geopolitical developments. Rather, Future Courses of Human Societies explores and builds a general framework for the long-term evolution of human societies.An interdisciplinary and internationally comprehensive volume, Future Courses of Human Societies is a key source for students and researchers interested in fields such as future studies, technology in society, interdisciplinary learnings on social and natural sciences and future economic and political evolutions.Drawing upon a wide range of insights from across the social and natural sciences, the authors of this title present original, exploratory methodological and analytical approaches to examining the future. Encouraging the reader to deepen their knowledge and encourage critical thinking, three themes are considered in their complexity and multi-dimensionality: technological innovations; future 'progress'; and the critical aspect of organizing collective life in the future. Furthermore, in contrast to previous studies which have embraced a relatively short time-span, this text incorporates perspectives from the immediate to the distant future, extending to several centuries and even millennia.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter 1 Future as an object of inquiry: An introduction / KLÉBER GHIMIRE chapter 2 Physics, science and technology in the future / JUNICHIRO FUKAI chapter 3 The evolution of future societies with unlimited energy supply? CLAUDIO CAPIGLIA chapter 4 Nanotechnology and future technological evolutions / RUGGERO MICHELETTO chapter 5 3D printing: A new industrial revolution? / JUAN PABLO RIPAMONTI chapter 6 Technology, work and social conflictuality MARC TROISVALLETS chapter 7 Economic progress and civilizational changes in the far-off future / KLÉBER GHIMIRE chapter 8 On democracy and technology in the long term / MATTHEW F. FILNER chapter 9 Ethics and laws of the future / VESSELIN POPOVSKI.