Preface and Commentary
by H. L. Siddons, Jr.
1996 - The beginning
of the Future Chronicles...
For centuries man has been fascinated, especially recently, with
the future. From the esoteric predictions of
Nostradamus and the prophetic ideas of
Verne or fantastic stories of
H. G. Wells, to the more contemporary social, economic and political musings of either
Alvin Toffler or
John Naisbitt or the more
tangible technological dreams and realities of
Bill Gates or biting commentary of
George Gilder; those and countless
others have prognosticated what might happen to us in our world of the ever emerging
Science fiction, in both literary and cinematic ways, helps us see what is
possible; we are fortunate to experience those many creative minds conjuring up the
implications of technological advances and dire warnings in social experimentation with what-if
scenarios, many of which are garnered with some pretty wild and bizarre stories of alien
worlds and civilizations. And through all of this, sometimes it appears as if whatever man
can think of or imagine, just may be possible, even probable.
But all this begs the real question:
- Where are we going now and where do we really want to be in the future? Is there any
plan for this or have we, will we, continue to muddle towards an uncertain future? Since
technological, economic, political and social forces inevitably form our future, why is
there is no consensus as to such a plan or strategy? Or is that we cant agree on
one? Has our world become so complicated that such a task borders on the impossible?
Perhaps this is where the problem lies.
Many believe that the goal of most technological and
social advancement is an idealistic ambition to globally improve the
human condition: our constant and
continuing strive over the centuries to not only survive, but thrive; more explicitly, to
extend our lifespan, to deter or eliminate disease, to expand our opportunities to
communicate, to grow and learn using advance technology and to ultimately improve our
standard of living.
January 2006 - Ten
It has been almost ten years since we
started this online query into the
Each article herein is a living document, always dynamic and in constant
flux and update mode.
In an increasing global