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Analog Science Fiction and Fact - Places equal emphasis on both words "science fiction." The pages of Astounding/Analog have been home to many of science fiction's foremost writers and stories. Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Spider Robinson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Michael F. Flynn. Frank Herbert's Dune and Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight first appeared in Analog.
Anders Tranhuman Page - Transhumanism is a philosophy that humanity can, and should, strive to higher levels, both physically, mentally and socially. It encourages research into such areas as life extension, cryonics, nanotechnology, physical and mental enhancements, uploading human consciousness into computers and megascale engineering.
Aspen Institute - A global forum that convenes leaders from diverse disciplines to address critical issues that confront societies, organizations, and individuals.
Betterhumans - Focuses on issues and developments in advancing science and technology that may further human progress.
Cambridge Project for Existential Risk - A multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks from developments in biotechnology and artificial life, nanotechnology, possible extreme effects of anthropogenic climate change, and the like. Also see Resources and Reading page.
Club of Amsterdam - An independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channelling preferred futures.
Club of Rome - A global think tank and centre of innovation and initiative. As a non-profit, non governemental organisation (NGO), it brings together scientists, economists, businessmen, international high civil servants, heads of state and former heads of state from all five continents who are convinced that the future of humankind is not determined once and for all and that each human being can contribute to the improvement of our societies.
Drake Equation - How can we estimate the number of technological civilizations that might exist among the stars? While working as a radio astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Dr. Frank Drake (now Chairman of the Board of the SETI Institute) conceived an approach to bound the terms involved in estimating the number of technological civilizations that may exist in our galaxy. The Drake Equation, as it has become known, was first presented by Drake in 1961 and identifies specific factors thought to play a role in the development of such civilizations.
EraNova - Focuses upon helping business create 'automatic abundance in a green world' -- with most operations 'running on automatic,' employment upgraded to hyper-human functions, and the environment in balance.
Forecasting Principles - Provides a comprehensive review of the state of knowledge about forecasting. The forecasting principles apply to management, operations research, and the social sciences.
Foresight Institute - Foresight Institute's goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition, focusing its efforts upon nanotechnology.
Foundation for the Future - Promotes scholarly research to better understand the factors that may have a major impact on the future of humanity.
FutureFest - Annually gathers some of the planet's most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come.
FuturePundit - Future technological trends and their likely effects on human society, politics and evolution.
Global Change - Futurist Dr. Patrick Dixon's storehouse for press articles and other writing.
Grindhouse Wetware - An open source biotechnology startup company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Grindhouse applies the biohacker ethic to create technology that augments human capabilities. The company is most well known for their Circadia device, a wireless biometric sensor that was implanted into co-founder Tim Cannon in October 2013. See Wikipedia.
HumanCloning - Supports human cloning technology; information on human cloning technology.
Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) - Performs inter-disciplinary scientific research at the interface of technology and society. Its work focusses on developmental trends, on societal consequences and on options for the shaping of technological change.
io9 -A daily publication that covers science, science fiction, and the future.
Journal of World Systems Research - Develops and disseminates scholarly research on topics relevant to the analysis of world-systems from various theoretical disciplines and stances, including civilizationists, evolutionary approaches, international political economy, comparative, historical and cultural analysis.
Life Extension Foundation (LEF) - The world's largest organization dedicated to finding scientific methods of preventing and treating disease, aging, and death. In addition to developing unique disease treatment protocols, The Foundation funds pioneering scientific research aimed at achieving an indefinitely extended healthy human lifespan.
Loka Institute, The - A non-profit research and advocacy organization concerned with the social, political, and environmental repercussions of research, science and technology.
Millennium Institute (MI) - A development research and service firm headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, USA. Its mission is to promote a sustainable, more peaceful and equitable future for Earth. For this purpose it provides tools, analyses, questions, and strategies to enable policymakers and others to understand the long-term consequences of their choices.
NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project - Space transportation. Topics of interest include experiments and theories regarding the coupling of gravity and electromagnetism, the quantum vacuum, hyper fast travel, and super luminal quantum effects.
Near Earth Object Program - Coordinates NASA-sponsored efforts to detect, track and characterize potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that could approach the Earth.
OECD International Futures Program - Designed to help decision makers in government and industry assess trends shaping their long term future through improved monitoring of the long term economic and social horizon, with early warning on emerging domestic and international issues; more accurate pinpointing of major developments and possible trend breaks; greater analytical appreciation of key long term issues; and better dialogue and information sharing to help set policy agendas and map strategy.
Pending Horizon - Jon Walker's blogging on futurism, technology, science fiction and their intersection with policy.
Plausible Futures - A news service for the future studies community edited by independent researcher Ole Peter Galaasen based in Norway.
Recorded Future - "The world's 24x7 media flow constantly talk about time, whether it is reports of what's transpired or statements of what's expected to come. Recorded Future's linguistics and statistics algorithms extract time-related information and through temporal reasoning helps users understand relationships between entities and events over time, to form the world's first temporal analytics engine. Our customers include some of the most advanced financial institutions and leading government agencies in the world." Also see related Recorded Future, Predictive Signals, and Analysis Intelligence blogs.
Sante Fe Institute - Devoted to creating a new kind of scientific research community, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaboration and focusing on what has come to be known as studies of complexity and complex adaptive systems.
SETI Institute - Research and related activities in a large number of fields including the science and technology aspects of astronomy and the planetary sciences, chemical evolution, the origin of life, biological evolution, and cultural evolution. The Institute also conducts and encourage public information and education related to these topics.
Space Collective - A cross-media information and entertainment channel for post-ideological, non-partisan, forward thinking terrestrials.
Space Future - Space Future is for everyone who'd like to travel to space for themselves. Space Future believes that most people who are prepared to save up a few months' salary will get the chance to visit space and stay in an orbital hotel. Another way to space will be to work for one of the new industries that will quickly grow up in space once cheap launch services are developed.
Time Travel - Companion Web site to the NOVA program Time Travel, originally broadcast in 1999. In the program, leading physicists delve into the mystery of whether time travel is possible, and if so, how one might go about building a time machine.
Transhumanity - Promotes engagement and activism in the transhumanist and life extension movements.
Trends Journal - Information about the most important trends shaping the future.
World Future Council (WFC) - Consists of 50 respected personalities from all five continents. They represent governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, academia and the business world. Together they form a voice for the rights of future generations.
World Future Society (WFS) - A neutral clearinghouse for ideas about the future, including forecasts, recommendations, and alternative scenarios. Publishes The Futurist magazine of forecasts, trends, and ideas about the future.
Worldwatch Institute - Inter-disciplinary non-partisan research on emerging global environmental issues, the results of which are widely disseminated throughout the world.
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