I started testing Branch, the new tool from the founders of Twitter, last week, with a kickoff discussion among a group of people from different facets of the futures field, or people who may have an interesting perspective on the topic. As a test subject, I chose the issue of anti-futures sentiment for which signals are increasingly emerging—many of which invoke the mythical jetpack society broadly credits "futurists" with promising. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion, more of a provocative question tossed into the water.  Here is the initial discussion, presented without editing. Your comments are welcomed if you aren't already involved. 

8/31 Note: I had to remove the embedded version as it was causing havoc with an already fragile blog template. Click through the link above to contribute to the discussion, which I will leave open.

Thanks to Justin Pickard, Noah Raford, Nicolas Nova, Luke Robert Mason, Zhan Li, Eric Garland, Christopher Kent, Madeline Ashby, Tom Purves, Gareth Priday, Steve Fuller, and Greg Rader for participating in the initial thread and adding informative links for further reading.

Image: http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/political-graffiti-13-this-was-supposed-to-be-the-future/

Image: http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/political-graffiti-13-this-was-supposed-to-be-the-future/

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