Nice intro to futurism by blogger Alex Marshall
He gives Futurist.com good props for what we do. He especially highlights an article on 11 trends to pay attention to, written clear back in 2006 but still a relevant demo of foresight.
I’d tell Alex that scifi can be respectable. In fact, I find that good scifi writers like our own Brenda Cooper, or David Brin, or Greg Bear, or Kim Stanley Robinson, or Bruce Sterling, or many others do a better job than the average futurist of extrapolating near term science into possible and probable futures. Be sure to include them on your reading list.