Keywords: technology foresight
Foresight - seven paradoxes
Hidden beneath the surface of the fury of the current flurry of institutional national foresight activity are many paradoxes. Seven such paradoxes are explored in this paper in order to expose some myths and some conveniently ignored aspects of institutional foresight. Most controversial are perhaps the difference between real foresight and its institutional counterpart, and the role of the behavioural traits that have an intense influence on the conduct of foresight, which is seen as an ineluctable activity in human development.