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. 40, No. 1, January-February

Beyond Sprawl: Rethinking Humanity's Habitats; Six Futurists Examine the Challenges Facing Tomorrow's Human Habitat Planners
How will technology affect where we live in the future? How will where we live affect our technology? A simple look around us may give us a clue. The teeming cities of the United States, Europe, and Asia provide living testament to humanity's gift...
Eavesdropping on Computer Users
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered that by making highly accurate audio recordings of keyboard strokes they were able to reconstruct e-mail messages, retrieve data entered into a report, and recreate passwords typed...
Fighting Corruption in Developing Nations
Corruption--defined as the abuse of authority for private gain--can be a tremendous barrier to economic development and is among the leading causes of state failure. To deal with this global scourge, the United States Agency for International Development...
Improving Terrorism Preparedness: Emergency Planning-If It's for the People, Shouldn't It Be by the People?
Terrorism and emergency-response planning that does not include the public puts millions of people at risk, according to the New York Academy of Medicine. Community planners need to work with residents and local organizations such as schools and...
Innovation in Pharmaceuticals: Speeding Up the Development of New Cures
Pharmaceutical development appears to have slowed, even though medical research has increased. One reason is the cost of drug development, as well as the business risks involved. Innovative approaches to raising capital and forming partnerships among...
Made in China: Branding a New Image; from Manufacturer to Major Marketer, "Brand China" Is Set to Boom
The economy of China is growing faster than that of any other nation on earth. Chinese manufacturers currently produce more than 70% of the world's toys, 60% of its bicycles, half its shoes, one-third of its television sets and air conditioners, and...
News from WFS
The World Future Society is pleased to announce that Arnold Brown has been elected chairman of the board. An experienced business futurist, Brown is also chairman of the consulting firm Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc., and has served on a number of boards...
Preparing for Pandemic: High Probability of a Flu Pandemic Prompts WHO to Offer Strategies
The United Nations has estimated that a human influenza pandemic, where a particularly deadly and mobile flu strain spreads across multiple countries, might result in a catastrophic 150 million deaths. According to Jong Wook Lee, director general of...
Scenarios in Practice: Futuring in the Pharmaceutical Industry; A Consulting Futurist Offers Insights on How a Key Foresight Tool, the Impact/Probability Matrix, Enabled Decision Makers in the Pharmaceutical Industry to See How Certain Trends Could Change How They Do Business
Future scenarios are useful tools to stimulate strategic thinking because they produce detailed stories about what the future could look like. When a decision maker understands where we might be heading, he or she can decide where to lead the organization....
Software for Stressful Decision Making: Computers Could Help People Make Decisions When in Time-Pressed Situations
When you're under attack, making the right decision quickly is difficult, no matter how well trained your team is. In the future, a decision-making software system developed for military applications could help. Under normal circumstances, team...
Star Dust in Our Future? Astronomers' Surprising Discovery about a Long-Dead Star May Tell a New Story about How We Discover the Future
Astar that died some 2 to 5 billion years ago has been seen sporting rings of dusty debris--dust that ought to have vaporized long ago. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An abundance of calcium, magnesium, and iron in the atmosphere of the white dwarf GD...
Thinking Ahead: The Value of Future Consciousness; Psychologists Are Recognizing the Key Role That the Future Plays in Our Thinking, Our Actions, and Our Successes and Failures in Life
Future consciousness is the total set of psychological abilities, processes, and experiences that humans use to understand and deal with the future. We first become aware of the future along with the past and present through our perception of time--of...
Update on the State of the Future: Environmental Sustainability, Global Partnerships against Terror, Technology, and Drug Availability Figure in Humanity's Future
Is the future getting better or worse? According to the latest edition of State of the Future, global prospects for improving the overall health, wealth, and sustainability of humanity are improving, but slowly. The picture painted by the report...
Visual Arts Face Murky Future: Business Is Booming for Visual Arts. So What Is Wrong with This Picture?
The number of artists creating paintings, sculptures, and other visual artworks is growing in the United States. The number of places where visual art is displayed or sold is growing. And the number of people both looking at art and buying it is growing,...
WorldFuture 2006: Creating Global Strategies for Humanity's Future
The Annual Conference of the World Future Society * July 28-30, 2006 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel * Toronto, Ontario, Canada Be part of an exciting international dialogue on the future this summer in Toronto! The World Future Society invites...