The Futurist

The Futurist, subtitled A Journal of Forecasts, Trends and Ideas About the Future, is a journal that explores social and technological changes, with forecasts, trends and ideas about the future. Founded in 1967, The Futurist is published bimonthly by the World Future Society.Articles focus on the topic of sociology. The Editors of this journal are Edward S. Cornish and Jeff Cornish.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 5, September-October

A New World View Struggles to Emerge: Are We Seeing the Emergence of a New View of What Makes Life Worth Living? an Australian Scholar Looks at the Conflicting Evidence
While most people profess to being happy and satisfied with their own lives, many surveys reveal widespread public disquiet about the modern way of life. A frequent criticism of these studies is that they reflect what people say--and have probably...
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Beauty Business Booms: Consumers Increasingly Demand to Feel Good, Not Just Look Good
Beauty has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the British economy, with an 8% annual growth rate. Britain will boast twice as many hairdressers and salons offering beauty treatments in 2005 as in 1999, according to a study by the marketing...
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Consultants and Services
A listing of consulting futurists. For information about being listed in the directory, published in every issue of THE FUTURIST and available on the Web at www.wfs.org, call Jeff Cornish toll free at 1-800-989-8274 or 301-656-8274, or fax 301-951-0394....
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Domesticated Trees May Save Forests
Trees grown specifically for use as plywood or furniture may be the crop of the future. Domesticated trees--the forestry equivalent of crops like corn and soybeans--could be bred and grown for specific characteristics, reducing the need to log in...
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Enabling the Disabled to Serve: How One Singer Uses His Celebrity to Shine a Spotlight on Society's Unmet Needs-And on New Ways to Meet Them
People with disabilities are traditionally thought of only as potential recipients for volunteer services, but the goal of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation is to change people's minds. The new organization, founded by singer Clay Aiken, 25, is on a mission...
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How to Succeed in the Hyper-Human Economy: White-Collar Work Is Increasingly Being Automated, or "Off-Peopled," Just as Happened with Farming and Manufacturing Work. to Survive, Workers Will Need to Develop Skills That Can't Be Performed by Machines
Human mental processes are being systematically "off-peopled"--that is, transferred into computers, microchips, networks, and mechanical devices of all types. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Think of it as a great global brain drain, the most critically...
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Humanity's Common Values Seeking a Positive Future: Overcoming the Discontents of Globalization and the Clashes of Civilizations Requires Us to Reexamine and Reemphasize Those Positive Values That All Humans Share
Some commentators have insisted that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath demonstrate Samuel P. Huntington's thesis of "the clash of civilizations," articulated in a famous article published in 1993. Huntington, a professor...
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Hungary's Turbulent Transformation to Capitalism: Corruption, Mismanagement Exemplify "New" Europe's Challenges
Hungary is a country of 10 million mostly frustrated and pessimistic people, who no longer believe that the post-communism transformation begun in 1990 has brought genuine change. They are equally skeptical about the possibilities of any positive developments...
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Learning More about Women's Health
More than 10,000 U.S. women are expected to enroll in a registry program designed to help counteract the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials of new drugs and medical treatments. For many years, such trials didn't include women because it...
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New Leadership for World Future Society
I am extraordinarily honored that the board and staff of the World Future Society has put their trust in me to assist the Society in expanding its programs and outreach for this new millennium. While I am not a stranger to the Society, this is an entirely...
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Our Microtech Future: The Convergence of Microtechnology and Biology Will Yield Astonishing Results, Ranging from Monitors for Cell and Organ Health to New and Personal Understanding of the Brain
Microscopic technology has received much attention in the past few years, especially as nanotechnology has entered public consciousness. But vision at the nanotech level is generally limited to electron microscopes operating in a high vacuum, and,...
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Reshaping Retirement: Scenarios and Options; Retirement May Disappear Altogether in the Future as Aging Workers Outlive Their Savings and as Pension Systems Are Stretched beyond Their Capacities. A New Report Looks at What Policy Makers Need to Do Now to Help Ensure Rewarding Lives for Older Persons in the Next 20 Years
The pensions crisis and longer life expectancy are forcing policy makers and employers throughout the world to rethink retirement. Policy makers in Britain and other industrialized countries over the next 20 years must assume that people will need...
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Sibling Violence Leads to Violent Dating
Brothers and sisters who fight while growing up are likely to continue their battering behavior with their dates when they go to college, a new study finds. Findings from the University of Florida suggest that sibling violence--the most common and...
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The Future of the Smile: Expect to See More Smiling Faces in the Years to Come
Advances in cosmetic dentistry and plastic surgery have made it possible to correct facial birth defects, repair damaged teeth and tissue, and prevent or greatly delay the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. As a result, more people smile more often...
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The Threat of Thearchy: A Resurgence of Demands for "Rule by God"-And of Widespread Fundamentalist Thinking-Could Bode Ill for World Peace, Says a Business Futurist
The fundamental struggle over governance in the Western world in the last 200 years has been between rule by man and rule by law. We are increasingly seeing another element introduced into this conflict: rule by God, or thearchy (as opposed to theocracy,...
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Trends Halting Population Growth: Low Fertility Rates Will Halt Population Growth Worldwide
Demographers now generally agree that the twenty-first century is likely to see the end of world population growth. The cause: significant fertility declines around the world that are unlikely to stop at the replacement level of around 2.1 children...
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World Future Society
The World Future Society is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization chartered in the District of Columbia, U.S.A., and is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. The Society has about 25,000 members...
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