From the Information Era to a Gaia Of Civilizations (1997)

By Sohail Inayatullah, 1997 Information theory, while claiming universality, ignores civilisational and spiritual perspectives of knowledge. Moreover, the information society heralded by many as the victory of humanity over darkness is merely capitalism disguised but now commodifying selves as well. This essay argues for a more communicative approach wherein futures can be created through authentic […]

Deconstructing the Information Era (1997)

By Sohail Inayatullah, 1997 Has The Future Arrived? Many claim that with the advent of the web and internet, the future has arrived. The dream of an interconnected planet where physical labor becomes minimally important and knowledge creation becomes the source of value and wealth appears to now here. But perhaps the “cyber/information era” view […]

Rethinking Tourism (1995)

By Sohail Inayatullah Unfamiliar Histories and Alternative Futures   DECONSTRUCTION   This essay seeks to deconstruct tourism.  We ask: what are the futures of tourism and how does the idea of the tourist circulate in the discourse of modernity?  We are not concerned with providing empirical data or giving futuristic projections, rather our task is […]

The Rights of Robots (1988)

Technology, Culture and Law in the 21st Century By Phil McNally and Sohail Inayatullah* INTRODUCTION In the last five years, the Hawaii Judiciary has developed as part of its comprehensive planning program, a futures research component.  Initially futures research was largely concerned with identifying emerging issues; that is issues that are low in awareness to […]