The rise of the digital twin: how healthcare can benefit

This is the first of two articles on this theme by Henk van Houten, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Philips.  The second article, which focuses more on human beings than machines will also be posted here in the … Continued

How social supermarkets are filling a gap in austerity Britain

Social supermarkets have emerged in Britain in the past five years as a response to food poverty and food waste. These non-charitable initiatives sell food “surplus” to people on low incomes at heavily discounted prices, alongside providing them with social … Continued

Double, double oil in trouble?

New York City is taking to court the globe’s five largest oil companies, holding them responsible for current and impending damages to the city as a result of alleged oil-driven climate change. The lawsuit filed this week against Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, … Continued

The 10,000 year clock

The futures foundation first reviewed Stewart Brand’s book “The Clock of the Long Now” when it came out in 1999.  The actual clock is now being constructed in the USA. The entire article about the construction of the clock can … Continued

Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors

EARTH is observed as never before. Satellites track typhoons, monitor volcanic-ash plumes and catalogue the changing ways in which human beings use the land. The sort of high-quality imagery that, a couple of decades ago, was the preserve of spies … Continued

It’s Official. Humans Are Going to Mars. NASA Has Unveiled Their Mission.

Humanity has been fascinated by Mars since long before we stepped foot on the Moon. Our planetary neighbor has been the subject of innumerable works of sci-fi and inspired countless dreams of adventure and exploration. Now, after decades of determination, research, and scientific breakthroughs, … Continued

Infinite Solar Power Technology Could Completely Change Our Future

Last 2016, solar power saw a resurgence — from cheaper solar panels to innovative roofing for houses and cars, to solar powered roads, and even to powering an entire island. It seems we have entered a new age in solar energy. Well, it doesn’t end there. In the … Continued

The Ocean Cleanup Project: What It Is and What You Can Do

In 2016 the futures foundation re-posted an article about efforts being made to clean up the world’s oceans (http://futuresfoundation.org.au/worlds-first-ocean-cleaning-system-will-deployed-2016/ ).  We have recently been contacted by a US based not for profit organisation doing much more in this space than we … Continued

The Circular Economy: An innovative perspective

The Warren Centre has published a new report, The Circular Economy: Global Trends and Future Challenges, investigating how improvements to supply chains could vastly reduce financial and environmental waste. The term “circular economy” refers to a system where resources are … Continued

Australia: Uncaptured innovation capability

The nation’s strong agricultural and mining sectors laid the foundations for 26 years of continuous economic growth, but without undertaking significant risks in innovation, this growth would not have occurred. The Brookings Institute examines why it is difficult to measure … Continued

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2017

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the present, and all the wondrous and horrific things it has to offer, … Continued

When toys meet virtual reality

Colouring books and crayons often have a hard time competing against smartphone games and YouTube videos, especially as children come into contact with mobile devices from a very early age. Researchers at the Game Technology Center have combined the advantages … Continued