An analysis of Project Futuribles, an international venture which operates on the premise that the future is not a given unknown but one of many possible futures. Futuribles has gathered expert speculation as to possible future developments in various areas, which are presented in 83 published essays. The author maintains that, while there cannot be a science of the future, there are rigorous ways of thinking about it. The paper describes methods and some of the complexities involved.
DeJouvenel, B., Futuribles. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1965. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P3045.html. Also available in print form.
DeJouvenel, B., Futuribles, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-3045, 1965. As of November 16, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P3045.html