• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Futurology

  • By: Gavin D. J. Harper
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

Futurologists may examine such issues as climate change and the effect of pollution (as illuminated here via a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellite) on the environment to determine if policy intervention is required or to make long-term strategic decisions.

Futurology, sometimes also termed foresight research or futures studies, is defined as “the study of the future.” Practitioners of futurology may refer to themselves as futurologists, futurists, or foresight practitioners. In the context of green technology, it is the process of trying to map out the range of possible technology pathways that sustainable technology development may take and appraising which of these are likely, desirable, and probable—uncovering in the process the likely impacts of that route of development and assumptions that influence the possibility and ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles