Jamais Cascio

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Jamais Cascio
May 2015

Jamais Cascio is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer and futurist. Michio Kaku has called him “a leading futurist with a long career of thoughtfully contemplating the outlines of tomorrow.”.[1] In 2009, Cascio was listed as one of Foreign Policy Magazine's top 100 Global Thinkers.[2]

Research affiliations[edit]


In the past, Cascio has served in the following positions:

  • Director of Impacts Analysis for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.[3]
  • Member of the 2009 Advisory Jury at the Buckminster Fuller Institute.[4]


Cascio currently holds the following positions:



In 2003, Cascio co-founded the online website Worldchanging with Alex Steffen. He contributed articles from 2003 until his departure in 2006. His range of topics covered energy, climate change, global development, open source, biotechnology, and nanotechnologies.[8]

Cheeseburger carbon footprint[edit]

In 2006, when the concept of a carbon footprint was only just becoming an environmental talking point, Cascio decided to provide an illustrative example using a popular everyday item: the cheeseburger. Taking into account all factors that went into the manufacture of one cheeseburger, Cascio calculated that the equivalent of 3.6-6.1 kg of CO2 was generated. Interpreting the result another way, Cascio estimated the annual emissions from cheeseburger production in the US was comparable to that of all SUVs being driven by Americans.[9]

The report raised a lot of interest, and featured in a segment of the National Geographic documentary Six Degrees Could Change the World.[10]


In 2008 Cascio collaborated with Jane McGonigal to create scenarios for and help administer Superstruct: a large scale forecasting game that invited players to use social media to describe how they would respond to five hypothetical but plausible threats to Humanity in the year 2019.[11] The presentation followed the structure of the ten year forecasting reports used by the Institute of The Future. 5000 players participated over a six week period, starting in October 2008.[12]


Cascio has been a contributor to discussions about the ethics and practicality of geoengineering since 2005. In 2009, he published a collection of his essays on the topic.[13]

Cascio essays stress that geoengineering strategies do not address the underlying causes of global warming, and that the consequences need to be weighed carefully. Nevertheless, Cascio advocates that geoengineering be considered seriously as a way of keeping increases in global temperature to a minimum.[14] He points out that, since Humanity's actions are changing the climate anyway, Humanity might as well learn to do so responsibly.[15]

In 2008-9, Cascio collaborated with the Australian Broadcasting Commission as a writer and consultant to produce Bluebird AR, an interactive multimedia drama that encouraged viewers to participate, and think about issues in geoengineering. The show was broadcast from April–June 2010.[16]


The following are published articles that discuss Jamais Cascio's work:

  • Visions of a Sustainable Future: Q&A with Jamais Cascio.[17]
  • Tweet Retreat: Did high-frequency reading crash the market?[18]
  • How cars could become obsolete within 30 years.[19]


  • Broken Dreams (Transhuman Space) (2003).[20]
  • Toxic Memes (Transhuman Space) (2004).[21]
  • Worldchanging: a User's Guide to the 21st Century (2006) (contributing author).[22]
  • Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering (2009).[13]



  1. ^ Kaku, Michio (2011). Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100. pp. 208–9. OCLC 646629178. 
  2. ^ a b Frankel, Rebecca (November 2009). "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers.". Foreign Policy Magazine. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Center for Responsible Nanotechnology: Principals Retrieved September 12, 2015
  4. ^ "Advisors and Jury Members". Buckminster Fuller Institute. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Jamais Cascio Bio Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Ieet.org. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Jamais Cascio: ITFT Distinguished Fellow Retrieved September 12, 2015
  7. ^ Ensia Advisory Council Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  8. ^ Worldchanging: Our Team, Jamais Cascio Retrieved September 16, 2015
  9. ^ Dunn, Collin (27 December 2006), The Carbon Footprint of a Burger, Treehugger, retrieved 29 September 2015 
  10. ^ Baldwin, Alex (Narr.) Bowman, Ron (Dir.) (2008). Six Degrees Could Change The World (DVD). National Geographic. 21:10 minutes in. 
  11. ^ Strickland, Eliza (5 September 2008). "Forecasting the Future May Be a Matter of Fun and Games". Discover. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Terdiman, Daniel (9 January 2009). "Game players stave off human extinction". CNET. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Cascio, Jamais (2009), Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering, Lulu.com, OCLC 439825934 
  14. ^ Cascio, Jamais (9 June 2009), "It’s Time to Cool the Planet", Wall Street Journal, retrieved 30 September 2015 
  15. ^ Pomerance, Rafe; Cascio, Jamais; Rospel, Rene (18 August 2014), Panel Discussion: Climate Engineering and the Meaning of Nature, Climate Engineering Conference 2014, 51 minutes in, retrieved 2 October 2015 
  16. ^ Bluebird AR: Open Archive of an Interactive Drama From the ABC, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 2010, retrieved 30 September 2015 
  17. ^ Ferber, Dan (14 March 2013). "Visions of a Sustainable Future: Q&A with Jamais Cascio". Midwest Energy News. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  18. ^ Gandel, Stephen date=25 April 2013. "Tweet Retreat: Did high-frequency reading crash the market?". Fortune. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  19. ^ Thompson, Cadie (30 June 2015). "How cars could become obsolete within 30 years". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  20. ^ Cascio, Jamais (November 2003). Broken Dreams (Transhuman Space) (2003). Steve Jackson Games. ISBN 1556346506. 
  21. ^ Cascio, Jamais (April 2004). Toxic Memes (Transhuman Space). Steve Jackson Games. ISBN 155634726X. 
  22. ^ Steffen, Alex (2006). Worldchanging: A user's guide for the 21st century. Abrams. OCLC 70258916. 

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