List of futurologists

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"Futurology" as a term was coined in the twentieth century. What counts under that term has changed over time, as such this list is a jumble, and is intended to be suggestive, not definitive. Notable futurologists include:

Name Birth Death Field or notable accomplishment
Adrian Berry 1937 2016 writer, journalist
Alan Marshall 1969 living academic, environmentalist, social scientist, writer
Aldous Huxley 1894 1963 writer of Brave New World, psychedelic prophet
Alvin & Heidi Toffler 1928/1929 2016/2019 wrote Future Shock, and sequels, technological singularity
Anders Sandberg 1972 living human enhancement
Andrey Korotayev 1961 living mathematical modeling of global future[1]
Anne Lise Kjaer 1962 living future trends, consumer mindsets and mobile technologies
Archibald Low 1888 1956 space
Arthur C. Clarke 1917 2008 writer
Arthur Harkins 1936 2016 innovation studies
Ash Koosha 1985 living Futurist Composer and Producer [2]
Ashis Nandy 1937 living writer on colonialism
Ben Goertzel 1966 living artificial general intelligence researcher, OpenCog
Bertrand de Jouvenel 1903 1987 economist
Bill Joy 1954 living UNIX, technology dangers
Bruce Sterling 1954 living living design, information technology
Buckminster Fuller 1895 1983 architect, cosmologist, whole-systems thinker, designer/inventor
Carl Sagan 1934 1996 astronomer
Clement Bezold 1948 living healthcare
Dandridge M. Cole 1921 1965 space colonization
Daniel Bell 1919 2011 "Post-Industrial Society"
Daniel Burrus 1947 living fururist, business advisor, author
Danila Medvedev 1980 living transhumanist
Darla Jane Gilroy living futurist, trendspotting
David H. Holtzman 1956 living technology
David Passig 1957 living anticipatory anthropology
Deane Hutton living communicator
Dennis Gabor 1900 1979 holography
Dirk HR Spennemann living space heritage
Donald Prell 1924 living venture capital, strategic foresight, technological singularity
Donella Meadows 1941 2001 systems thinking, leverage points, sustainability
Douglas Engelbart 1925 2013 hypertext, mouse, interactive computing
Douglas Rushkoff 1961 living [3][4][5] media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist, and documentarian, early cyberpunk culture, open source
Edward Bellamy 1850 1898 wrote Looking Backward: 2000–1887 , a utopia about the future year 2000, economic reorganization
Eliezer Yudkowsky 1979 living friendly artificial intelligence
Erich Jantsch 1929 1980 book The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications of the Emerging Paradigm of Evolution
Faith Popcorn 1948 living popcorn report
FM-2030 1930 2000 transhumanist, essayist
Fred Polak 1907 1985 social studies, wrote The Image of the Future
Freeman Dyson 1923 2020 nuclear engineering, disarmament advocate, ideas of Dyson sphere, nuclear space-flight
Gaston Berger 1896 1960 cognitive science
Gene Roddenberry 1921 1991 creator of the Star Trek franchise.
George Dvorsky 1970 living transhumanist
George Friedman 1949 living geopolitics
George Gilder 1939 living society
George Orwell 1903 1950 writer (wrote 1984)
Gerald Celente 1946 living trend forecaster
Gerard K. O'Neill 1927 1992 envisioned space colonization
Gianroberto Casaleggio 1954 2016 politics, internet
Grace Hopper 1906 1992 women in computing, COBOL
Graeme Codrington 1970 living Generational theory, megatrends
H. G. Wells 1866 1946 writer, historian, among the first to think of himself as a futurist
Hans Moravec 1948 living robotics, AI
Harlan Cleveland 1918 2008 diplomacy
Hazel Henderson 1933 living cooperative economics
Herman Kahn 1922 1983 military strategist, econo-technical predictions
Hugo de Garis 1947 living AI
Hugo Gernsback 1884 1967 invented the term "science fiction", wrote the novel Ralph 124C 41+, started science fiction magazines. After him the Hugo Awards are named.
Isaac Arthur 1980 living Long term future of the space industry and colonization, physicist, YouTube personality
Isaac Asimov 1920 1992 writer of science and science fiction, created the Three Laws of Robotics.
Jacque Fresco 1916 2017 architect, resource economics, model maker, envisioner of cornucopian world
James Hughes 1961 living ethics
James Lovelock 1919 living environmentalist, Gaia hypothesis, Global warming theorist
Jason Ling 1975 living social networking, new media technologies and mobile technologies
Jean Fourastié 1907 1990 economist
John McHale 1922 1978 artist, sociologist
Roman Retzbach 1964 living writer of futures studies
Jeremy Rifkin 1945 living economist, science and tech. critic of various sorts, writer
Jerry Fishenden living Microsoft future
Jim Dator living politics
Joanne Pransky living robotics
Jody Turner living brand anthropology
Joël de Rosnay 1937 living molecular biology
John Naisbitt 1929 2021 wrote Megatrends
José Luis Cordeiro 1962 Living engineer, economist, and author of La Muerte de la Muerte
Jules Verne 1828 1905 previsioned aviation, spaceflight, submarine travel
Karel Čapek 1890 1938 fiction writer who invented the word robot
Karl Marx 1818 1883 predicted societal and economic development on the basis of dialectical materialism[6]
Kevin Kelly 1952 living founding executive editor of Wired magazine and author of multiple futurology books
Kevin Warwick 1954 living robotics
Kim Stanley Robinson 1952 living novelist known for Mars Trilogy, 2312 (novel), Aurora (novel), and the forthcoming 'New York, 2140'
Krafft Arnold Ehricke 1917 1984 space colonization
Leonardo da Vinci 1452 1519 engineer, inventor, scientist
Lidewij Edelkoort 1950 living fashion
M. G. Gordon 1915 1969 social studies
Magda Cordell McHale 1921 2008 painter, educator
Mahdi Elmandjra 1933 2014 economist, sociologist
Mark Pesce 1962 living inventor, writer, engineer
Mark Satin 1946 living political theory
Mark Stevenson 1971 living author, entrepreneur, geo-technology
Marshall Brain 1961 living robotics, transhumanism
Marshall McLuhan 1911 1980 communications
Martin Ford 1963 living artificial intelligence, robotics, author of New York Times bestseller Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Matthew Simmons 1943 2010 peak oil, oil reserves
Max More 1964 living Extropy Institute
Meredith Thring 1915 2006 inventor
Michael Crichton 1942 2008 writer; implications of progress in science
Michael Rogers living New York Times futurist; MSNBC commentator
Michel Saloff Coste 1955 living art, Club of Budapest
Michio Kaku 1947 living string field theory, expositor
Mitchell Joachim 1972 living ecological design

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Natasha Vita-More 1950 living Humanity+
Nayef Al-Rodhan 1959 living transhumanist, sustainable history, singularity dignity, future geopolitics
Neal Stephenson 1959 living novelist known for Snow Crash, Anathem, and Seveneves
Nicholas Negroponte 1943 living OLPC, new technological media
Nick Bostrom 1973 living [7][8][9][10][11][12][13]philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, the reversal test, and consequentialism
Nicolas De Santis 1966 living trying to make money on the internet
Nikola Tesla 1856 1943 energy, inventor
Orrin H. Pilkey 1934 living critic of environmentalists[citation needed], coastline erosion
Ossip K. Flechtheim 1909 1998 political scientist
Patrick Dixon 1957 living business
Peter C. Bishop 1944 living educator - strategic foresight
Peter Diamandis 1961 living Singularity University
Peter Newman 1945 living sustainability, transport systems, cars and cities
Peter Schwartz 1946 living China, climate change, business, technology
Phil Salin 1949 1991 cyberspace and the Internet
Philip K. Dick 1928 1982 writer who produced the novels behind Blade Runner and Minority Report
Ray Kurzweil 1948 living AI, transhumanism, technological singularity, life extension
Raymond Spencer Rodgers 1935 2007 telesphere, food-chain
Renzo Provinciali 1895 1981 anarchist
Richard C. Duncan living peak oil
Richard Feynman 1918 1988 physicist, originator of concept of nanotechnology
Richard Moran 1950 living social scientist
Richard Neville 1941 2016 author, reporter
Richard Slaughter 1940 living sociologist
Robert A. Heinlein 1907 1988 novelist
Robert Anton Wilson 1932 2007 psychonaut, novelist, essayist
Robert Jastrow 1925 2008 NASA scientist, author, spaceflight
Robert Jungk 1913 1994 journalist
Robert Theobald 1929 1999 economics
Robin Hanson 1959 living prediction markets, singularity, transhumanism
Roger Bacon 1220 1292 Franciscan Friar, Natural Philosopher
Ross Dawson 1962 living futurist, speaker, author
Scott Smith (futurist) 1967 living "flatpack futures"
Sohail Inayatullah 1958 living political scientist
Stanisław Lem 1921 2006 novelist
Stephen Hawking 1942 2018 astrophysics, cosmology [14][15]
Stewart Brand 1938 living cognitive science, environmental philosophy, whole systems
Sydney Jay Mead 1933 2019 visual futurist
Terence McKenna 1946 2000 philosopher, psychonaut, speaker, ethnobotanist
Ted Nelson 1937 living writer, philosopher, creator of hypertext concept and Xanadu project
Theodore Modis 1943 living business, physics
Thomas Frey 1954 living futurist speaker, technology, future jobs, future of work, future crimes, future of transportation, unanswerable question
Tim Cannon 1979 living technology, transhumanist
Timothy Leary 1920 1996 psychologist, psychedelics enthusiast, transhumanist, space migration, life extension
Vannevar Bush 1890 1974 analog computing, envisioned Memex, similar to what the internet is now
W. Warren Wagar 1932 2004 historian
Walt Disney 1901 1966 filmmaker, businessman,[16] created "Tomorrowland" and EPCOT center
Walter Greiling 1900 1986 chemist, sociologist
Warren Ellis 1968 living writer
Wendell Bell 1924 2019 sociology
William Gibson 1948 living novelist (cyberpunk)
William Gilpin 1813 1894 politician
Willis Harman 1918 1997 sociocultural evolution
Ziauddin Sardar 1951 living Muslim thought

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Introduction to Social Macrodynamics: Compact Macromodels of the World System Growth.
  2. ^ Miles Bowe (2016-03-02). "Iranian futurist Ash Koosha is pushing electronic music into a virtual reality". Fact Magazine.
  3. ^ "Focus Magazine Issues 23-25". 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  4. ^ "The Silicon Valley Skeptic". Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  5. ^ "What will 2015 bring? 4 futurists weigh in". Geektime. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. ^ Shahibzadeh, Yadullah (2016). Islamism and Post-Islamism in Iran: An Intellectual History. New York: Springer. p. 22. ISBN 9781137578259. Retrieved 2019-05-26. 'Marxism has founded the main pillars of the science of futurology.' [...] Ehsan Tabari, Marksism va shenakht-e ayandah, Donia (Winter 1967)
  7. ^ "What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?". 9 June 2016.
  8. ^ Yampolskiy, Roman V. (17 June 2015). Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach. CRC Press. ISBN 9781482234442 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Parsons, Paul (16 August 2012). The Rough Guide to Surviving the End of the World. Rough Guides Limited. ISBN 9781409360063 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Review of Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom".
  11. ^ Müller, Vincent C. (23 August 2012). Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9783642316746 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "What's It All About? on RTE Radio 1, Life, Death & Beyond (Episode 3)". 4 June 2014.
  13. ^ Yampolskiy, Roman V. 'Leakproofing the Singularity'
  14. ^ Nick Paton Walsh. "Alter our DNA or robots will take over, warns Hawking". the Guardian.
  15. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Move to new planet, says Hawking".
  16. ^ Rose, Steve (21 May 2015). "Tomorrowland: how Walt Disney's strange utopia shaped the world of tomorrow" – via The Guardian.