Technology denotes the broad area of purposeful application of the contents of the physical, life, and behavioural sciences. It comprises the entire notion of technics as well as the medical, agricultural, management and other fields with their total hardware and software contents. Technological forecasting is then a probabilistic assessment, on a relatively high confidence level, of future technology transfer.
Technology forecasting is a quantified prediction of the timing, the character, and the extent of change among technical parameters as well as all attributes associated with design, production, and the use of materials and processes, according to a structured system of reasoning. The prediction may or may not include an estimate of probability or confidence in the amount of change or its timing. In some cases, relative need or usefulness can be quantified and used as the basis of the forecasting procedure. The key distinction of this definition is that the forecast is reproducible through a system of logic. Thus, it differs from opinion and prophecy in that it rests upon an explicit, stated set of relationships, data, and assumptions. The procedure yields relatively consistent results regardless of who is doing the analysis.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.