Beyond Futures, Science, Technology, Management, Business, Leadership, et al. By Andres Agostini (Andy)

Commentary

This monograph (also available at http://www.1Editor.blogspot.com)—concerning science, technology, management, business, leadership, and the strategizing corporately and institutionally via ‘scenario methods, among other concurrent approaches, along with the omniscience perspective’ of FUTURES practiced— reflects what I have learned over the course of working with literally hundreds of scholars, statesmen, professors, entrepreneurs, business owners, scientists, philosophers, inventors, tycoons, consultants, advisers, managers, analysts, practitioners from many fields, and researchers over twenty-five years. In this monograph, I will define omniscience and its perspective in detail thereinafter. It can also be seen at http://www.AllSciCzar.blogspot.com.

Introduction

Since the beginnings of civilization, humans have longed progress. Progress is the future outcome of cascades of ‘current moments’ flowing divergently. People use a variety of techniques, skills, and methods to reach for better times, namely the future. These days, many people know that the future holds a great promise in technological advancement. Others, the contrarians, believe that there is a great gamut of global problems, threatening the future itself.

Contrarians believe that advanced science and technology can both create solutions to old and new problems, as well as making other challenges even more difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, Armageddon and other catastrophes—that must be countermeasured at any logical cost—have likelihood. I strongly opine that we must boldly extract hazards from these existential perils. Must remember this maxim: every expert action to terminate a danger before crystallizing might become another risk. That’s why great caution and the systems methodology with the omniscience perspective are emphatically recommended.

The more the crises and challenges—never losing sight of the orders of magnitude implicated, I see more and more opportunities though!

In my opinion, the new technologies can help us all. By way of example, the medical technologies can foster a healthier person with a better quality of life. The environmentally friendly technologies, in my view, can make us restore—to some extent—the ecosystem, thus improving the crisis of the global climate. This, clearly, will prove or not to being a great future, since, at the present time, most technologies required are under stringent development.

There are many who think that so much technology can end this world. They, for instance, oppose to governments allowing scientists to write and re-write (mathematical prose) the genome, especially that of humans. Even worse, they fear this technology allows for a frenzy bazaar without, say, bioethics. I, myself, wouldn’t like to have a son with the eyes of an eagle. Yes, I will like him to have a cochlear for sight augmentation and refinement. The contrarians fear strongly for those who live by power, fame, money, and notoriety. They advise prudence in extreme.

There are so many global crises indeed. I am concerned but mobilized to the utmost. When you come to think of it, there is a good aspect to these catastrophes. So-called statesmen are speaking with a better tone, a lower voice, a controlled ego, thus collaborating fluidly with each other. “Each other” is equivalent to friends, allies, adversaries, detractors, and even some challenging people who are in love with embracing antagonism and belligerence.

I don’t use the ‘audacious hope’ theme. Certainly, humanity must fight back all these dilemmas. To this end, Evelin Lindner states, “Pessimism is a luxury of good times… In difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling, self-inflicted death sentence.”

To conclude and in my personal opinion, the future and its arsenal of new technologies are inevitable to happen. New technologies are not evil. The ones with the ill behaviors are humans themselves.  The future has a combination of two facets, opportunities and risks. I am convinced that civics and strong morality and ethics can allows us to mitigate the risks to the most, so that that a context and pathways are built for civilization’s viability. Divine intervention will be indispensable as magical incantation is not of the undersigned’s interest.

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