… the chances are very good that … you have never taken a course in futures
studies; never met a person who teaches it at the university level; teach or
study on a campus where futures studies is not offered; and probably
associate futures studies (if the term means anything to you at all) either with
astrology and charlatans or with Alvin Toffler, John Naisbitt, or Faith
Popcorn … Your most fundamental images of the future are almost certainly
shaped primarily by films and videos you have seen….
Jim Dator (1998, p. 29