The Challenges and the Opportunities
  • George P. SmithII


Although 1984 has come and gone, the Orwellian specters to which it gave rise grow almost daily into realities.1 Futurology is a study, ideology, or movement that advances beliefs in a future era of unrestricted progress advanced through the harnessing of science and technology for the betterment or transcendance of the human condition.2 Today, its ranks are divided between cosmic utopians who see in the potential powers of science and technology the total liberation of mankind, and the catastrophists who see the limits of the scientific imperative as having been met. One basic understanding unites both factions, however; namely, that “the future is in doubt today as never before.”3


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George P. SmithII
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  1. 1.The Catholic University of America School of LawUSA

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