Editor's Summary

23 October 2008

Futurology is bunk

Futurists — like sci-fi movie makers — often get things wrong. As part our Innovation series, historian David Edgerton puts in a word for his own discipline as a guide to what is going to happen. The historical perspective raises doubts over national policies driven by a desire to do research on what is perceived as the next big thing, and questions the link between national innovation and national success. The Innovation features can be found on http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/innovation/

CommentaryThe charge of technology

Science policies based on techno-nationalist thinking and fantasies about the past technological revolutions will get us nowhere fast, says David Edgerton.