A bipartisan group of top energy experts from industry, government, labor, academia, and environmental and consumer groups
have released a consensus strategy, more than two years in the making, to address major long-term U.S. energy challenges.
The report, "Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America’s Energy Challenges," contains detailed
policy recommendations for addressing oil security, climate change, natural gas supply, the future of nuclear energy, and
other long-term challenges, and is backed by more than 30 original research studies. It is available as a 2.3 MB, 148-page
PDF file by clicking here or as a 600K, 24-page summary by
In December of 2000, the CIA published a document entitled, "Global Trends 2015: A Dialogue About the Future with Non-Government Experts". It is one of the most comprehensive
attempts to foresee the global future, covering a wide range of issues and providing considerable statistical
information and text in a visually attractive format. In this age of specialization, this 98-page paper provides a broad
overview, but with sufficient detail to inform, not simply provoke, thought. It is available as a 6 MB by clicking here.
The film, "The Day After Tomorrow", has caused considerable
comment and controversy as it is based on a sudden, disastrous climate change. Proponents claim the movie is based in
part on a special report prepared for the Department of Defense, "An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications
for United States National Security" published in October of 2003. Not as dramatic as the movie, the report is
nonetheless dramatic. The authors clearly present it as educated speculation rather than an outright prediction.
Despite a few annoying typographical errors, the 22-page report is clearly written and thought-provoking. The file size
is a little less than 1 MB. Download a copy here.
The American Institute of Physics has composed a comprehensive resource page on the history, effects, and specific data
about climate change. Learn more about global warming at the
American Insitute of Physics' site.
A new site founded by technological specialist Eric Drexler "focuses on the science behind emerging technologies of broad
importance, summarizing research results and offering technical perspectives on
research directions." Learn more about new and emerging technologies at e-drexler.com.
Ian Pearson, a futurist working for BT, one of Europe's leading providers of telecommunications services, has written a very
thought-provoking nine-page essay entitled "What's Next?", a survey of likely future technologies and their potentially
disruptive impact on people and the planet as a whole.
A PDF file, you can
download a copy here.
Read some of the latest news in international
trade and economics at the Organization for Economic
Co-operation and Development’s index of publications,
documents, and news releases. www.oecd.org
The World Trade Organization’s news section provides
information on current economic issues and international
trade disputes. www.wto.org
The U.S. Department of State offers the latest
information on political situations in a number
of countries. www.state.gov
KurzweilAI provides links to recent articles on the latest uses of cutting edge technology, particularly in the field
of artificial intelligence. Read more about “the big thoughts of today’s big thinkers” at KurzeilAI.