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Anticipate by Rob-Jan de Jong

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Seeing Things Early

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.

—WAYNE GRETZKY

REDUCING THOUGHTLESSNESS

In 1967, eminent futurists Anthony J. Wiener and Herman Kahn wrote a 431-page magnum opus titled The Year 2000: A Framework for Speculation on the Next Thirty-Three Years. It’s filled with predictions—mostly technical advances and innovations ranging from applications for new materials and technologies (laser technology, ground transportation) to improved surgical procedures for changing the sex of children and adults.

They also predicted the arrival of home computers that would manage households and communicate with the outside world, as well as the use of personal pagers (much ...

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