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Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist he works with organizations to develop an actionable 10-15 year vision and what it will feel like to live in the future. His work is called futurecasting, using ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic road map of the future. As an applied futurist Johnson has worked with governments, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to not only help envision their future but specify the steps needed to get there. Johnson is currently the futurist in residence at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination and a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is the Director of the ASU Threatcasting Lab and a Futurist and Fellow at Frost and Sullivan. Professor Johnson speaks and writes extensively in ongoing columns for IEEE Computer Magazine and Successful Farming where he is the "Farm Futurist”. He has contributed articles to publications like The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Wired Magazine. He holds more than 30 patents and is the author of both science fiction and fact books ("Humanity in the Machine," "21st Century Robot" and "Science Fiction Prototyping"). He was appointed first futurist ever at the Intel Corporation in 2009 where he worked for more than a decade helping to design more than 2 billion microprocessors. Professor Johnson appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, PBS, FOX News, and the Discovery Channel and has been featured in Scientific American, The Technology Review, Forbes, INC, and Popular Science. He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter. In 2016, Samuel Goldwyn released "Vintage Tomorrows" a documentary based upon Johnson's book of the same name.

Journal Articles


Johnson, B. D. and D. H. Guston. 2016. Futures we want to inhabit. Computer 49(2):78-79. DOI: 10.1109/MC.2016.52. (link )