Future Orientation


When we think about the future, we think about a later time from the perspective of an earlier time. So, for example, we can think about tomorrow (the later time) from the perspective of right now (the earlier time). We can also think about the future (possible or actual) of a past time. This still counts as future thinking.
Detecting future orientation has always been an interests among many subjects of studies. Future orientation is associated with physical and mental health, academic achievement, increased social involvement, and lower distress.
This site serves as a live demo to the future orientation detection program we developed. If you are interested in the topic, the dataset and process are described in the NAACL paper .


This research was supported by a grant from the UPenn / John Templeton Foundation to B. Copley andP. Wolff. The following list is generated by seniority.
This research is supported by a grant from the Science of Prospection Project (John Templeton Foundation/University of Pennsylvania) to Dr. Phillip Wollf, Dr. Bridget Copley (Paris) and Dr. Eugene Agichtein: “Linguistic Hints to Causal Models of the Future” (2014-2016).
Other project participants are Dr. Jinho Choi, Jason Shepard (Psychology), and Allen Nie (Computer Science and Psychology). Thanks also to Sarra El Ayari (Paris), Timothy Lee, Sirui Liu, Sarah Paik, Cammie Wagner, Jack Weyen, and Denton Williams.