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Jamais Cascio

Jamais Cascio is a Senior Fellow of the IEET.

Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009, Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society.

Cascio’s work appears in publications as diverse as Metropolis, the Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy. He was featured in National Geographic Television’s SIX DEGREES, its 2008 documentary on the effects of global warming, and on History Channel’s SCIENCE IMPOSSIBLE, its 2009 series on emerging technologies. Cascio has spoken about future possibilities around the world, at venues including South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, Mobile Monday in Amsterdam, the Singularity Summit in San Francisco, and the TED 2006 conference, “The Future We Will Create,” in Monterey, California.

Cascio has worked in the field of scenario development for over a decade, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future. After several years as technology specialist at scenario planning pioneer Global Business Network, he went on to craft a wide array of scenarios on topics including energy (for an industry think tank), nuclear proliferation (for a political research non-profit), and sustainable development (for a multi-client project). He also serves as the Director of Impacts Analysis for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.

In 2003, Cascio co-founded, the award-winning website dedicated to finding and calling attention to models, tools and ideas for building a “bright green” future. In his time at WorldChanging, he wrote the plurality of the site’s content, covering topics including urban design, climate science, renewable energy, open source models, emerging technologies, social networks, “leapfrog” global development, and much more. In March, 2006, he started Open the Future as his online home.

Cascio has also applied his scenario development skills in the entertainment industry, advising multiple television and film projects, and designing several well-received science fiction game settings, including Transhuman Space: Broken Dreams (speculating on the future of the developing world) and Transhuman Space: Toxic Memes (examining future popular culture and political movements).

Cascio lives outside of San Francisco, California, with his wife, two cats, four Macs, and the inevitable hybrid cars.

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Hacking the Earth by Jamais Cascio (2009)

Transhuman Space: Broken Dreams by Jamais Cascio (2003)

"A World in Which"   Open the Future   (Oct 28, 2015)

"Gun Control’s MP3 Moment"   OpentheFuture  (Oct 9, 2015)

"High-Frequency Combat"   Open the Future  (Aug 21, 2015)

"The Pink Collar Future"   Open the Future  (Aug 9, 2015)

"Not Very Uplifting"   Open the Future  (Dec 4, 2014)

"Talking About Extinction In Front of Dinosaurs"   Open the Future  (Aug 25, 2014)

"Magna Cortica"   Open the Future  (May 14, 2014)

"Mirror, Mirror—Science Fiction and Futurism"   Open the Future  (Mar 21, 2014)

"Watching the World through a Broken Lens"  (Mar 20, 2014)

"500 Words on Cryptocurrencies"   Open the Future  (Feb 5, 2014)

"Secession in the Valley, and the End of Politics"   Ethical Technology  (Oct 30, 2013)

"Ambiveillance"   Open the Future  (Aug 22, 2013)

"The CIA Wants To Control the Climate!!!!11!"   Open the Future  (Jul 18, 2013)

"The End Of The World Isn’t As Likely As Humans Fighting Back"  (Jun 1, 2013)

"Imagination Experiment: Visualizing Transformative Tech"   Open the Future  (May 21, 2013)

"Push-Button (3D Printing) Gunsmithing and the Long Arm of the Law"   Open the Future  (May 15, 2013)

"The Fuzzy Now"   Open the Future  (May 3, 2013)

"Futures of Human Cultures"   Ethical Technology  (Mar 20, 2013)

"Google Glass: a wearable heads-up display and camera"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 23, 2013)

"Shaping the Anthropocene: Cascio on Climate Change"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 13, 2013)

Recent Multimedia
You Matter! Your Choices Make A Difference   2017-04-13

An Optimists Guide to the Next 10 Years   2016-03-06

The Inevitable Future   2014-11-10

Magna cortica—the ethics of brain augmentation   2014-11-04

Climate Engineering Conference 2014: Critical Global Discussions (6min)   2014-09-11

IEET Fellows Ramez Naam and Jamais Cascio featured in (Dec 11, 2015)

Call for Papers for Special Issue of JET on “The Ethics of Geoengineering” (Jul 27, 2013)

IEET’s Hughes, Cascio, Brin, Vita-More, and Goertzel at Humanity+ @San Francisco (Oct 11, 2012)

IEET Fellow Jamais Cascio quoted by CNN (Jun 16, 2012)

Good Magazine Asks Jamais about the Pace of Modern Life (Jan 06, 2010)

Past Appearances
Cascio, Pellissier @ Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity Conference (Piedmont, California - Sep 20, 2014)

Cascio @ TEDx in Marin (Marin, CA USA - Sep 18, 2014)

Cascio @ Climate Engineering Conference 2014 (Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany - Aug 18, 2014)

Kuscewski, de Grey, Goertzel, Brin, Pearce, Cascio, Hughes, Glenn, Vita-More, Naam @ H+ SanFran 2012 (San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA USA - Dec 01, 2012)

Cascio @ Aspen Environment Forum (Aspen, Colorado USA - Jun 22, 2012)