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Decisions based on studies of the future

'Prediction is difficult, especially because it concerns the future.' This famous quote by Nobel prize winner Niels Bohr also applies to many companies for whom prediction is vital. Oil companies, car manufacturers, banks – they all invest in the long term and so focus a lot of attention on exploring and analysing future trends and scenarios. Even the government bases its technology politics on future expectations.

'Prediction is difficult, especially because it concerns the future.' This famous quote by Nobel prize winner Niels Bohr also applies to many companies for whom prediction is vital. Oil companies, car manufacturers, banks – they all invest in the long term and so focus a lot of attention on exploring and analysing future trends and scenarios. Even the government bases its technology politics on future expectations. TNO explores the future for government, industry and industry associations, helping them to develop their policy and determine their strategy. We investigate technological progress using scenario analyses, expert interviews and 'roadmapping', methods that help guide the decisions taken today. Examples relating to care, mobility and household energy consumption reveal how thinking about the future enables us to act sensibly today.

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