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futureportal… an ezine on the future - March 2007

Welcome to futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future (IF) at Anne Arundel Community College, March 2007, volume 3, issue 3...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Get a jump on the future with "The Art of Foresight"PDF produced by our partner, the World Future Society.

Inside this issue (scroll down)

  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • futures thinking...  looking ahead
  • on the horizon... events local, regional and global
  • applied foresight... using the perspective

What's the plan when global oil resources decline? Read about some important issues urban planners consider in Post Oil-Peak Planning.

  • futures thinking... looking ahead

Today, robots perform many tasks that we never even consider.  Read more about how robots will affect future generations in an article published by Robotics Online

What do weaponized robots mean for warfare? Steve Featherstone, writing in the February Harper's, dubs them as the ultimate force multiplier -- doing more damage with less people. How autonomous might they become? Check out the US Army's Future Combat Systems web site.

Hydrogen as an alternative energy source? No smog producing pollutants and minimal greenhouse gas emissions are certainly advantages of the hydrogen fuel cell, but what is the big picture? It includes production (most hydrogen itself is produced from fossil fuels), storage and distribution. See the US Department of Energy's Fuel Cell web site.

Be sure to read the most recent issue of Futuretakes.  This is a futures newsletter published by the WFS National Capital Region's advisory board.

  • on the horizon... events local, regional, and global

March 2007
Mar 5, Monday, 1-1:50 pm, AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag:  "Pandemics and Our Future; A Look at Bird Flu"  by Dr. Jill Loukides, Professor of Biology, Anne Arundel Community College. Free but your must rsvp

April 2007
Apr 9, Monday, 1-1:50 pm AACC Arnold, Maryland, CALT100 IF Brownbag: "The Future of Leadership" by Shad Ewart, Director of Business Programs, Anne Arundel Community College. Free but you must rsvp.


Does your organization need a speaker on the future?
See the Institute's Futures Speakers List.

Plan for 2007
Attend the World Future Conference, "Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century", in Minneapolis, MN from July 29-31, 2007. Register for the conference at the WFS Conference site

Interested in a credit course on the future for credit? 
Check our Exploring the Future (FTR 100) class listing. Although the Spring Semester has already begun, you may want to include this course in your summer plans. Also, you can still register for our non-credit futures modules. These online modules may be taken alone or in combination. Click here for more information or to register.

Interested in something not so local, but not so far?
Visit the WFS National Capital Region's Web site

"Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner." General Omar Bradley