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James Canton is a futurist and writer. His books include Technofutures, The Extreme Future and Future Smart: The Game Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World. Canton is the director of the Institute for Global Futures in San Francisco.[1][2]

In 2003 Canton was appointed as an advisor to the National Science and Technology Council on nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanotechnology.[3] He also previously served on the advisory board of MIT's Media Lab Europe,[4] and was the founding Co-Chairman of the Futures and Forecasting Track for Singularity University.[5] Canton currently serves on the Corporate Eco-Forum Advisory Board.[6]

Canton produced the film series The Time Travelers.[7]