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. 25, No. 4, July-August

Abortion in America: Ten Cautious Forecasts
When historians a century from now look back on the major domestic controversies that challenged America in the 1990s, they are likely to designate the abortion fight as the most divisive, revealing, and costly "war" of all. Lowering the abortion...
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Brainstorming Tool
I first decided to buy a computer after reading a review of a program that promised to make idea generation and organization easier. Using a computer to crunch ideas instead of numbers and words was very appealing to me. The most sophisticated and...
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Building an Eco-Friendly Car
The ever-rising number of cars on the world's roads bodes ill for the environment. In Germany, for instance, there could be 18 times as many automobiles on the road in 2010 as there were in 1960, according to one forecast. Building environmentally...
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Building Utopia: Lessons from Brasilia
Outside Brazil, few people know much about Braslia, but the experience of this extraordinary city has urgent lessons for the world. The city is remarkable not just because it was built from scratch starting in 1957, but also because the planners were...
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Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste
Cleaning up the hazardous and radioactive waste generated by U.S. nuclear-weapons-production plants will certainly take decades to complete, according to a report from the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment. OTA says current plans by the Department...
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Democratic Gains at Risk in Latin America
Prolonged economic decline in Latin America threatens the region's democratic gains of recent years. This warning comes from the 1990 report of the Inter-American Dialogue, which brings together more than 90 Western Hemisphere leaders to discuss regional...
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Energy Consumption in Developing Countries
Third World countries are rapidly increasing energy consumption as they develop their economies. Their consumption of coal, oil, gas, and electricity is expected to triple within the next 30 years, according to the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment...
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Fastest-Growing Jobs in America
Health-care services will be among the fastest-growing jobs in the next decade, according to the compilers of a new book, America's 50 Fastest Growing jobs. Health-related jobs will comprise seven out of 10 of the fastest-growing jobs. Overall, employment...
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Limiting Consumption: Toward a Sustainable Culture
Overconsumption by the wealthiest fifth of humanity is an environmental problem unmatched in severity by anything but perhaps population growth. The surging exploitation of resources threatens to exhaust or unalterably disfigure forests, soils, water,...
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Making Time for Children
Recent reports on children in the United States have emphasized their economic situation (20% now live below the official poverty line) and the results, such as increasing proportions of children who go to bed hungry each night. But policy analyst...
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The Active Document: Making Pages Smarter
One of the strengths of paper pages is that, if the paper stock is chemically correct, they can last for hundreds of years unchanged. One of the weaknesses of paper pages is that, while our information needs vary from person to person, our pages don't...
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The Insatiable Society: Materialistic Values and Human Needs
With the easing of Cold War tensions between the superpowers, the threat of nuclear holocaust is apparently receding. Yet the earth remains imperiled. Even in the state we call peace, lamentably, our species makes war upon the living systems from...
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Tomorrow's Global Businesses
By the year 2000, managing the external affairs of businesses -- the relations between a firm and its customers, competitors, stockholders, suppliers, and the larger society -- will become a far more complex assignment than it is today. It may even...
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World Economy in the 1990s
Integration of the world economy is likely to continue through the 1990s, with good economic performance in high-income countries but mixed results in developing countries, predicts the World Bank. This disparity in results may exacerbate the already...
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