Futures studies looks at the possible, probable, and desirable directions that human society could take in the future. The field draws on data from many different disciplines to make predictions and plan futures. An important consideration is the emerging science that could shape the future of our planet and our experience of it.
Huge changes are forecast as new technologies and systems are developed in all areas of human life. From the development of fusion reactors, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and personalised medicine to events happening in the social sciences, with the emergence of new social systems and economic models.
Cognitive science is also a key contributor to the emerging technology that will shape the future. Indeed the technologies of knowledge and experience such as artificial intelligence, the World Wide Web, virtual realms, and augmented reality are already having significant effects on the way we live our lives.