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. 39, No. 4, July-August

Ageless Aging: The Next Era of Retirement; "Old Age" and "Retirement" Must Be Rethought and Redefined as the Baby Boomers Surge through the Later Stages of Life, According to a Renowned Authority on Aging
With the breakthroughs in medicine, public health, nutrition, and wellness in recent years, longevity has been steadily increasing. So what age should now be considered old? Let's remember that the age selected to be the marker of old age was not...
Aging, Health, and the Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
The Age Wave will transform all of society as baby boomers storm their way into what has traditionally been the retirement years. As gerontologist and psychologist Ken Dychtwald points out, instead of retiring, many will break into new areas of interest...
All-Terrain Robotics: Snakelike Robot Slithers over Rough Landscape
The newest robot to come out of the University of Michigan is anything but your typical droid. The OmniTread, nicknamed "snakebot," resembles a slinking, slithering monster more than an engineering marvel. The robot's five breadbox-sized segments,...
Demystifying Poverty: Breaking the Poverty Trap Will Require Long-Term Thinking
Democracy is often touted as a panacea for poverty: It promotes economic development, encourages innovation, and facilitates long-term investment. But there's more to economic development than democracy and free trade. Since more than a billion...
Digitally Enhanced Teaching
Students bringing PDAs to class? Few teachers would relish the thought. But two professors at Kansas State University are actually supplying their students with top-of-the-line personal digital assistants, thanks to a grant provided by Hewlett-Packard....
Extra-Preneurship: Reinventing Enterprise for the Information Age
Information technologies are toppling traditional hierarchical business-management systems. The new model for twenty-first-century management will be extra-preneurship--virtual networks based on collaboration and self-actualization that will add value...
Mind over Misery: Belief in a Higher Power Seems to Aid Good Health
"Nobody knows the trouble I've seen. Nobody knows but Jesus." So goes the verse of a well-known spiritual. And, while nonbelievers may draw little comfort from the sentiment expressed, recent scientific studies indicate that trusting in some power...
The Challenge of an Aging Society: The Future of U.S. Health Care Must Involve Some Form of Rationing, Argue a Former Governor and a Medical-Policy Scholar. the Problem Is Not Simply How to Control Costs, but How to Achieve Social Justice
One of the great challenges in America's future is to retire the baby boomers without bankrupting the country or unduly burdening future generations. This crisis could soon overwhelm American public policy, as yesterday's baby boom becomes tomorrow's...
The Rich and the Rest: The Growing Concentration of Wealth; A Labor Economist Sees Peril as a Tiny Minority of the Population Accumulates More and More Wealth
A century ago, battles against what angry Americans called plutocracy--rule by the rich--raged all across the United States. Those battles would eventually leave the world's first mass middle class by the 1950s. Today, that plutocracy is back and that...
Turning Waste Heat into Fresh Water: Double-Duty Power Plants Could Ease Water Crisis
Fresh water is in big demand worldwide, and the need is growing. Already some 7,500 desalination plants, most of them in the Middle East, work to produce fresh water from the ocean. But until now the process has been inefficient, costly, and prone...
Visualizing the Future through Film: Films about the Future Help to Shape Our Visions of Tomorrow
"To me, this is the power of film. The themes, the images, the moments remembered in a movie experience are kind of a peak experience that can possibly influence a person's behavior for the rest of his life."--Syd Field, Going to the Movies (Dell,...
What's Next for Nanotechnology: What Nanotechnology Will-And Will Not-Do in the Future Is Explored by a Leading Nano-Research Scientist
"Nanotechnology" has two different meanings. One is the broad, "stretched" version, meaning any technology dealing with something less than 100 nanometers in size. The other is the original meaning: designing and building machines in which every atom...
World Future 2005: Foresight, Innovation, and Strategy
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY JULY 29-31, 2005 CHICAGO HILTON AND TOWERS CHICAGO, ILLINOIS WORKING TOWARD A WISER FUTURE Nearly a thousand futurists from around the world will soon be gathering in Chicago to share...