Originally published on April 19, 2016 on Forbes by Harold Sirkin.
In his time, the late Herman Kahn, one of the Cold War era’s leading nuclear strategists, became more broadly recognized as a “futurist”: a crystal ball gazer par excellence in a world largely inhabited by narrower minds.
From his perch at the Hudson Institute, which he founded in the early 1960s, Kahn held forth on “energy, pollution, resources, population, food supplies, economics and technology,” among other topics, according to The New York Times.
Kahn’s overall view was one of optimism, arguing that advances in technology would enable the world to produce more food and energy, reduce pollution and so forth. His views have mostly been confirmed by the uncompromising eye of history.
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