The New York Times has appointed a Futurist-In-Residence, which sounds awfully cutting edge. But apparently it isn't.
Other organisations which have already adopted the position include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, American Demographics magazine and a bunch of US think-tanks.
But at the forefront is our own BT Group, whose futurologist Ian Pearson has been predicting the impact of technological advances on BT and its customers for years.
One of his ideas is for a super-computer that builds itself from a yoghurt-like bacterium by multiplying and replicating its DNA. There is an abundant source of more such genius for futurists-in-residence everywhere. It's at your local library, in the science fiction section.