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The Best Articles in Future

A reading list of the best and most useful articles and videos in Future from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Future Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Future by Refind users in 2022.

  1. Do we need a better understanding of 'progress'?
  2. Predicting the Future with Bayes’ Theorem
  3. Little Rules About Big Things
  4. "Most important century" series: roadmap
  5. 2050 Predictions: Eyes, Xi, Apps, Cars, Traits, Bounties

Videos

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What is ...?

New to Future? These articles make an excellent introduction.

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Future—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Future.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Future, including:

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timoreilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold.

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Benedict Evans

Trying to work out what's going on, and what happens next. Mostly tech.

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Kevin Kelly

Senior Maverick at Wired, author of bestseller book, The Inevitable. Also Cool Tool maven, Recomendo chief, Asia-holic, and True Film buff.

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Amy Webb 🤖

CEO of @FTI. Future scenarios + foresight + tech trends. Prof @NYUStern. 4x best-selling author. Order my new book GENESIS MACHINE at the link. *06d5db69

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Future, including:

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MIT Technology Review

Our in-depth reporting on innovation reveals and explains what’s really happening now to help you know what’s coming next. http://technologyreview.com/newsletters

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McKinsey & Company

Since 1926, the trusted advisor to the world's leading businesses, governments, and institutions. 130+ offices in 65+ countries.

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Gawker

Today's news is yesterday's gossip | tips@gawker.com

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Recode

Recode by Vox. Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to our podcasts: http://bit.ly/2Lh1RBy

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How many sources does Refind monitor?

We monitor 10k+ content sources on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.

Which sources does Refind monitor in Future?

We monitor hundreds of sources in Future, including MIT Technology Review, McKinsey & Company, Gawker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Recode, and many more.

Who are the thought leaders in Future?

We follow dozens of thought leaders in Future, including timoreilly, Benedict Evans, World Economic Forum, Kevin Kelly, Amy Webb 🤖.

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