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. 23, No. 3, May-June

AIDS and the Year 2000: The World's Struggle against AIDS
AIDS and the year 2000 The world's mobilization in response to the AIDS pandemic has been without precedent. At a time when the number of AIDS cases around the world is dramatically increasing, nations are showing great solidarity in battling this...
A New Era of Activism: Who Will Frame the Agenda: (Social and Consumer Activism)
A NEW ERA OF ACTIVISM Society finds itself in a difficult passage between one era and another, as we move from the Industrial Age to the Information Age and as a century dominated by the patriarchal power of the nation-state comes to a close. The...
Antimatter Matters
Antimatter Matters Antimatter fuel allowed 1960s science-fiction starships to boldly go where no man had gone before, but scientist today are convinced that antimatter--specifically, the antiproton--may offer a viable technology for the future. ...
A Tale of Two States: Utah and Massachusetts Have Dramatically Different Birthrates That May Affect Their Future
A Tale of Two States The rapid growth in Sun Belt states in recent years focused the attention of most U.S. demographers on migration patterns. But natural increase is potentially a more-powerful factor in states' population size in the long term,...
Cars That Know Where They're Going: New Navigation Systems Will Help Drivers Reach Their Destination Faster, Avoid Traffic Jams, and Even Find a Parking Space
CARS THAT KNOW WHERE THEY'RE GOING We are already becoming accustomed to "smart" cars. On-board computer systems control the engine, prevent the wheels from locking when braked, and adjust the suspension when the car is carrying a heavy load or when...
Entrepreneurial Couples
Enterpreneurial Couples Married couples who work together-- "copreneurs" -- may be the wave of American business's future, say Frank and Sharan Barnett, authors of Working Together. Business has long been biased against employees who are married...
Environmental Refugees
Environmental Refugees More people around the globe are leaving their homes because of insurmountable environmental problems. The number of environmental refugees, estimated at 10 million, "rivals that of officially recognized refugees and is sure...
Falling Investments in Children's Health
Falling Investments In Children's Health Developing nations are making large cuts in spending on health to cope with rising debts, and children are suffering the greatest consequences. At least half a million young children died in 1988 due to the...
Grandparent Education
Grandparent Education Growing old in a technological society may be more complicated than growing up. Because a technology-oriented culture tends to place greater value on the present than on the past, "older people are no longer regarded as experts...
Helping Congress Look Ahead
Helping Congress Look Ahead Rob McCord is executive director of both the Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future and the Congressional Institute for the Future (an independent nonprofit organization that works with the Clearinghouse and republishes...
Human Factors: The Gap between Humans and Machines
Human Factors THE GAP BETWEEN HUMANS AND MACHINES The most advanced fighter plane the United States has, the F-16, can perform without structural damage at a remarkable 12 times the force of gravity--12 G's. Since its introduction more than a decade...
Renewable Energy Power for Tomorrow
Renewable Energy POWER FOR TOMORROW Renewable energy is making a surprisingly significant contribution to U.S. energy needs and the U.S. economy. Renewable energy sources today supply enough energy each year to run the United States for...
Teaching Technology
Teaching Technology Beyond basic math and science, schools must provide an understanding of technology to prepare young people for an increasingly high-tech world, according to a new report, Technology: A National Imperative. The report, by the...
Tomorrow? Who Cares?
Tomorrow? Who Cares? A recent editorial in Computers and People discusses the changes in what is referred to as normal required time. The editorial notes, "In the 1920s it was normal to require six days to travel from New York to London; in 1988...
Tropical Forest Gardening: An Alternative to Destruction
Tropical Forest Gardening: An Alternative to Destruction One-fifth of the world's remaining tropical forests face destruction or permanent damage by the year 2000. In an effort to prevent further destruction of rain forests and to transform acreage...
Wildlife and Environment
Wildlife and Environment Humanity has ample cause for concern about the deteriorating environment, but animals are likely to be even more affected because they are less able to manipulate their habitats. Some species will move to more-hospitable...