The Science Of ...

The science of how futurists predict the future

(Click here for more "The Science Of" articles such as this one.)

Mike Wills interviewed Raymond de Villiers, a futurist at Tomorrow Today.

De Villiers discussed the science of forecasting the future.

How is it done?

What does De Villiers see in his crystal ball for the rest of 2016 and beyond?

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

A futurist looks ahead as broadly as possible.

Raymond de Villiers

‘Future studies’ is a science.

Raymond de Villiers

A big part of my day consists of reading.

Raymond de Villiers

It’s important to not only look at things existing in the past, but also the worldview at that time.

Raymond de Villiers

You can never know for certain. But you can future-proof your business.

Raymond de Villiers

The future doesn’t just happen. It is created.

Raymond de Villiers

People are living longer.

Raymond de Villiers

The first person to live to 150 is probably alive today.

Raymond de Villiers

We’re going to see a lot of younger people having to be entrepreneurial.

Raymond de Villiers

Millennials have a similar view to the world than their great-grandparents.

Raymond de Villiers

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Apple hired 1000 engineers to work on its electric car, says Tesla's Elon Musk

Apple hired 1000 engineers to work on its electric car, says Tesla's Elon Musk

There are reports that Apple has hired thousands of engineers to work on a secretive car project internally called Project Titan.

5 biggest tech trends from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

5 biggest tech trends from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has kicked off. Bruce Whitfield interviews EWN tech reporter Aki Anastasiou.

How SA born and raised Elon Musk is shaping YOUR future (and everybody else’s)

How SA born and raised Elon Musk is shaping YOUR future (and everybody else’s)

We interview the author of a famous book on the Pretoria Boys High graduate who is changing the world (and space beyond) forever.

Change happens exponentially. We review a book on owning the future

Change happens exponentially. We review a book on owning the future

We review "Exponential Organizations", Salim Ismail's how-to book on dealing with exponential change and owning the future.

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Elon Musk, as you’d expect, hails from an exceptional family. Bruce Whitfield interviews his Capetonian father.

We won’t need Eskom forever (or for long!) thanks to SA born Elon Musk

We won’t need Eskom forever (or for long!) thanks to SA born Elon Musk

Musk’s new electricity storage system may soon free us from depending on Eskom (or anyone but ourselves) for electricity.

Women (and men who think like them) will rule the future

Women (and men who think like them) will rule the future

We review J. Gerzema and M. D’Antonio’s "The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future".

The scary, sensational and surprising future of South Africa

The scary, sensational and surprising future of South Africa

Frans Cronje of the SA Institute of Race Relations discusses what South Africa might look like in 2024. Imagine the unimaginable…

Popular articles
It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

This week Xolani Gwala's speaks to former Generations actor Pamela Nomvete for #WhatInTheWorldHappenedTo feature.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Meet the founder of Capitec Bank, named ‘Best Bank on Earth and Cheapest in SA’

Michiel le Roux speaks about the fascinating story behind the little bank that has the Big 4 shaking in their boots.

Best way to get richer (especially if you’re between ages 20 and 45)

Best way to get richer (especially if you’re between ages 20 and 45)

Still young(ish)? Consider the single best thing you can do to increase your wealth by much more than the inflation rate.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will pilot a new funding model in 2017. NSFAS chairperson Sizwe Nxasana explains.