We do not have to predict the future in order to plan for it. The core concern of strategic foresight is not a simplistic identification of what technology we will use in twenty years, for example, but what effects technological change will have on our national interests. Understanding geopolitical and technological tides will assist policymakers and business leaders in charting out smart strategies today which hedge against unwelcome storms while capitalizing on innovation and progress. This can only be done by having conversations geared toward exploring a future of unknowable, but unavoidable possibilities and pitfalls.
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