Described as a techno-progressive, optimistic futurist, Jamais Cascio follows the threads of civilization’s intended (and unintended) consequences for the future.
Unlike scores of futurists peddling nightmare scenarios of global catastrophe and social meltdown, Jamais specializes in the creation of plausible-yet-optimistic scenarios of the future. He focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, with a particular emphasis on democratizing technology and innovation to empower a more open and resilient society.
Jamais has worked in the field of scenario development and the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation for over a decade. In 2003, he co-founded WorldChanging.com, the award-winning website identifying models, tools and ideas for building a “bright” green future. Worldchanging researched urban design, climate science, renewable energy, open source models, emerging technologies, social networks, “leapfrog” global development, and much more. In March, 2006, Jamais started Open the Future as his online home.
He is currently a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future, serves as the Director of Impacts Analysis for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, and is a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
In 2006, he was invited to present his ideas at the TED conference. His work has featured in publications as diverse as METROPOLIS, TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, and ForeignPolicy.com. He was featured in National Geographic Television’s SIX DEGREES, the 2008 documentary on the effects of global warming, and speaks around the world on issues including the global environment, technological transformation, and political change. For fun, he serves as technical advisor on science fiction film and TV projects, and designed several well-received science fiction game settings.
In 2008, Jamais collaborated with Dr Jane McGonigal (who presented at AMPLIFY2007) as 10-year forecast creator for Superstruct, the Institute for the Future’s 2009 alternate reality game imaging life, environment and impacts in 2018 through the actions of thousands of gamers.
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