Technological Forecasting and Its Application to Engineering Materials.
Final rept. 1969-1971
NATIONAL MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD (NAS-NAE) WASHINGTON DC
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The major value of technological forecasting is in its contribution to planning and decisionmaking. Among the benefits possible from engaging in a forecast of technical opportunities in materials are use of advanced materials technology, simplifying the selection of appropriate materials areas, identifying areas of most productive interdisciplinary activity, expanding the horizons of involved individuals, identifying roadblocks and new approaches to provide a better basis for decisionmaking, and reducing the possibility of surprise.
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