Futurology. Table of Contents.


Futurology studies the implementation probability of various scenarios of possible and disirable future of humanity based on historical regularities, social trends and technological achievements. The field of study focuses on current and past trends of what has been taking place in our day-to-day realities. The goal of futurology is global forecasting and predictions of the long-term fate of humanity as a whole.

I would like to draw your attention to the table of contents of a new book called ‘Futurology’ by Mikhail Batin and Alexei Turchin. I believe that this book is extremely important for those who care about, and who are willing to influence the future of mankind.

The purpose of this book
Chapter 1. Futurology as a Science
1.1. Scientific basis of futurology
1.2. Cognitive biases
1.3. Stages of the future and the measure of uncertainty
1.4. Predictability and forecast horizons

Chapter 2. History of futurology
2.1. Futurology before futurology
2.2. The origins of scientific futurology
2.3. Age of assault in the 1960’s
2.4. Crisis
2.5. Futurology at the frontier of the 21st century
2.6. The Future of futurology

Chapter 3. Methods of forecasting
3.1. Extrapolations and models
3.2. Prediction by analogy
3.3. Method of induction
3.4. Trends
3.5. Expert surveys
3.6. Scenarios and other methods
3.7. Foresight
3.8. Table of futurology methods

Chapter 4. Evolutionary and historical patterns
4.1. Evolutionary laws of development
4.2. Historical patterns
4.3. Evolution of instructions
4.4. Evolution of values

Chapter 5. Acceleration of progress and Singularity
5.1. Acceleration of development
5.2. Moore’s Law
5.3. The Singularity
5.4. Factors of acceleration and deceleration of progress

Chapter 6. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
6.1. Current state of studies
6.2. Discussion on the possibility of full-fledged AI
6.3. The problem of AI friendliness
6.4. Important AI applications
6.5. Increased intelligence and AI
6.6. The perfect man
6.7. The best AI

Chapter 7. Meta-technologies
7.1. Nanotech
7.2. Biotech
7.3. Cognitive Technologies
7.4. Information Technologies
7.5. NBIC-Convergence
7.6. Science in the future

Chapter 8. Machines of the future
8.1. Robotics
8.2. Portable systems
8.3. Transportation
8.4. City and architecture
8.5. House of the future
8.6. Gadgets
8.7. Space exploration
8.8. New machine types

Chapter 9. Immortality
9.1. Fighting aging
9.2. Cryonics
9.3. Cyborgization
9.4. Personality Uploading
9.5. Happiness
9.6. Virtual Reality
9.7. Eternal upgrade

Chapter 10. Society of the future
10.1. Geopolitics
10.2. Social Groups
10.3. Informational environment
10.4. Economics
10.5. Business in the Future
10.6. Global control system
10.7. The future of psychotherapy
10.8. Entertainment
10.9. Art
10.10 Education
10.11. Professions of the future

Chapter 11. Personality in the future
11.1. Extension of human abilities and capabilities
11.2. Behavior and moral standards
11.3. Family, sex and relationships
11.4. Time, life cycles and strategies of future man

Chapter 12. Resources of the future
12.1. Dynamics of resources
12.2. Mineral ores
12.3. The future of energetics
12.4. Water
12.5. Food
12.6. Space and time
12.7. Demography
12.8. Human capital
12.9. Organizational resources (social capital)

Chapter 13. Global Risks
13.1. Risks of new technologies
13.2. Natural disasters
13.3. Unforeseen consequences
13.4. Risk evaluation and necessary measures

Chapter 14. Problems of the future
14.1. Nuclear weapons in the XXI Century
14.2. War in the XXI Century
14.3. Terrorism
14.4. Ecology
14.5. Pollution
14.6. Overpopulation
14.7. Unemployment
14.8. Deficit
14.9. Epidemics
14.10. Crime and cybercrime
14.11. Violated privacy
14. 12. Boredom

Chapter 15. Transhumanism
15.1. Different views of the future
15.2. History of transhumanism
15.3. Transhumanism and religion
15.4. Supporters of transhumanism
15.5. Manifesto of transhumanism

Chapter 16. Remote future
16.1. From civilization to super-civilization
16.2. Means of interstellar transport
16.3. Astro-engineering
16.4. Fermi paradox and extraterrestrial intelligence
16.5. Resurrection of the dead
16.6. Immortality of  civilization and Point Omega

Conclusion. The Decisive Century
Cited Literature

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  1. Nik

    Hi just found your blog, great stuff! Can’t seem to find this book though, got a link?

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