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Garreau publishes article in Slate
An article by
, ASU Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values, recently was published on Slate.com.
The article, “Scenario planning for longer life spans,” explores four scenarios that policymakers and citizens need to consider for government budgets while planning for increasing life spans.
“These are credible stories, faithful to today’s facts, that aim to paint dramatically different futures,” writes Garreau. “For when creating strategies, it is better never to be completely surprised by the future than occasionally to be exactly right.”
Garreau refers to the four scenarios as: A Small Change, Drooling on Their Shoes, Live Long and Prosper and Immortality. They detail the various possible levels of life-span advancement the world is currently facing.
“Considering these questions and carving out scenarios is important because future demographics will have enormous effects on policy, society, and the economy,” Garreau writes.
Future Tense is a collaboration among ASU, the New America Foundation and Slate magazine that explores how emerging technologies affect policy and society.
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Garreau, who joined the College of Law in 2010, is a student of culture, values and change. He is the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies, and What It Means to Be Human, a look at the hinge in history at which we have arrived. As director of The Prevail Project, he is building upon a Radical Evolution concept that the Prevail Scenario – the humanistic possibility that we can control and direct this future – might be encouraged.