About Future Brief
Quantum physics, terrorism, Moore's Law, global warming, increasing human migration, incurable deadly viruses,
ever more sophisticated surveillance, the list goes on and on. We speak of "global community", but can forget that
community-building has always been a painful experience in human history. The reward potential is balanced by the risk
potential. Neither should be ignored.
Scientists today speak of the "NBIC convergence" - the interaction of advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology, the
information sciences, and the cognitive sciences. Future Brief takes one step back and looks at
the greater convergence of the accelerating changes in science and technology with the equally rapidly accelerating changes
in society and politics.
Future Brief's purpose is not only to provide commentary, but also to provide services to those with an interest in global convergence.
This convergence is of critical importance to all of us today and to those who will follow us in the future. We can either
choose to deal constructively with it now or be forced to deal with it abruptly following a global catastrophe. We opt for
Despite closing its daily service in 2007, Future Brief remains as a public service of
New Global Initiatives, Inc., an American firm with a global perspective and global operations based in Bethesda,
Not only is our global community changing, it is changing at an accelerating pace. If you don't keep up, you will
fall behind. Linear thinking will not suffice in an exponentially changing world.
A great many internal and external portents (political and social upheaval, moral and religious unease) have caused us all
to feel more or less confused, that something tremendous is at present taking place in the world. But what is it?
Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)