Philosophical Society of Washington

The Highly Probable Future: 83 Assumptions about the Year 2025

Joseph F. Coates
President, Coates & Jarratt

2033rd Meeting Abstract
Friday, November 04, 1994 at 8:15 PM


A set of assumptions on developments in society and in science and technology are needed to establish a framework on which to plan for the next 30 years. This talk will discuss one such set of assumptions established for "Project 2025: Anticipating Developments in Science and Technology and Their Implications for the Corporation." Sources of these assumptions include the project itself, statistical and mathematical analyses of trends, and evaluations of evidence and trends from multiple fields. The assumptions cover such fields as health, the environment, automation, population, global developments, education, communication, and even public issues.

About the Author:

Mr. Coates received his education from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pennsylvania. His first career was with Atlantic Refining Company as an industrial chemist. For the past fifteen years, he has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University and president of Coates & Jarratt, Inc., a research organization committed exclusively to the study of the future. He has been an assistant to the director and head of exploratory research at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and a program manager of research applied to national needs at the National Science Foundation. Mr. Coates has written over 200 articles, chapters, papers, and publications, including co-author of Futurework, What Futurists Believe, and Issues Management: How You Can Plan, Organize, and Manage for the Future. Mr. Coates is also the Vice-President of the Philosophical Society of Washington.

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