III.5 Science & Technology Outlook: 2005-2055

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

David Pescovitz

Marina Gorbis

Jean Hagan

The Institute for the Future (IFTF) executive director Marina Gorbis, creative director Jean Hagan, and research directors Alex Soojung-Kim Pang and David Pescovitz developed The Science & Technology Outlook for the UK Department of Trade and Innovation as part of a study of future trends in science and technology. The Institute conducted six workshops with scientists, journalists, venture capitalists, research and development managers, graduate students, and postdoctoral students to produce The Outlook, which is the result of the participants’ suggestions. Their ideas are circled and color-coded to correspond to major research areas or trends identified as major drivers. The time scale and dates of events are intentionally fuzzy, reflecting the uncertainty of the enterprise. Similar to most roadmaps, The Outlook is designed to be a functional object, not an ornamental one, and represents a convergence of two formerly distinct practices in futures work: visual maps and text-intensive white papers. Like many IFTF maps, The Outlook both summarizes the collective wisdom of its experts and findings of its researchers, and supports facilitated processes that shape this wisdom into strategy, policy, and action.


Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim. 2006. “First Press on the Delta Scan.” IIFTF’s Future Now: Emerging Technologies and their Implications for the Future. Accessed on March 16, 2010. http://future.iftf.org/2006/12/first_press_on_.html.

Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim, David Pescovitz, Marina Gorbis, and Jean Hagan. 2006. Science & Technology Outlook: 2005-2055. Courtesy of The Institute for the Future. In “3rd Iteration (2007): The Power of Forecasts,” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Julie M. Davis. http://scimaps.org.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.