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. 27, No. 5, September-October

AIDS and Institutions: Institutions Are Failing to Meet the Challenge of the AIDS Epidemic
Institutions are failing to meet the challenge of the AIDS epidemic Despite the toll that the HIV/ AIDS epidemic has taken on the people of the United States, institutions such as the public-health system and correctional facilities have made few...
Big Brother or Friendly Coach?
Picture this as the workplace of the future: A computer tells you if you are making too many typos and suggests that you take a break from typing. Or it tells your boss if you are talking to a customer. Or taking too long a break. Or what you are saying...
Bionic Eyes: Both Humans and Robots Could Receive Improved Vision Via a New Computer Chip
A computer chip with the power of a supercomputer, but small enough to fit in your eye, may someday enable the blind to see and the sighted to see better. This possibility is foreseen by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and...
Conscious Evolution: Examining Humanity's Next Step
For almost three decades, Barbara Marx Hubbard has been developing a philosophy of the evolutionary potential of the human race. Currently, she is the president of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution in Greenbrae, California. The organization is...
Curing Brain Ailments: Brain Researchers Say Effective New Treatments Possible by the Year 2000
Health Brain researchers say effective new treatments possible by the year 2000 Migraine headaches, substance abuse, strokes, depression, and memory loss are among the most common types of brain disorders for which scientists hope to find treatments...
Drowning in Preconceptions
Maybe you have heard the story about the two frogs in the meadow who had the misfortune of jumping into a paid of milk left out by a farmer. One frog was an optimist, the other a pessimist. After an hour of struggling, trying to jump out and falling,...
Feeling Good, Working Hard: Employers Care More about Employees' Health
Employers care more about employees' health Workplaces are getting healthier. That is the word from a recent survey by the U.S. Public Health Service, which reports that the number of employers sponsoring health-related activities is up. The survey...
Future Sense: Creating the Future
Most futurists believe that our great task is to create the future, not just try to predict it. But to do so, we need to overcome four "neuroses" that get in our way. A noted consultant on decision making, career development, and educational renewal...
Non-Lethal Weapons: Alternatives to Deadly Force
Even if we fail to stop war and violence, we can find ways to reduce the number of victims. This article focuses on guns that won't kill. The article that follows discusses bombs and mines that gradually destroy themselves. Guns are one of the most...
Space Race to Marketplace: Spinoffs from Space Technology Land on Earth
Spinoffs from space technology land on Earth Bicycle helmets, water-purification systems, and a stress-reducing executive chair are among the many commercial products that have "landed" from space. Many of the technologies developed for Apollo,...
The Mirage of Sustainable Development
How do we achieve both economic growth and environmental protection? An economist argues that private-property rights will work better than international bureaucracies. There is no precise definition of sustainable development. To some, it simply...
The Plug-In School: A Learning Environment for the 21st Century
In the future, technologies will allow learning to take place virtually everywhere. School buildings as they now exist could even be eliminated, replaced with a ubiquitous array of stimulating, interactive, and flexible learning technologies embedded...
Tokyo: Top Metropolis: Japanese Capital Overtakes Mexico City as the Largest City on Earth
Tokyo has now overtaken Mexico City as the largest city on Earth, according to a recent United Nations study. The U.N. Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects 1992 reports that Tokyo has grown to a total of 26 million people, a jump of almost...
Weapons That Self-Destruct
One major problem in arms control is that older, captured, or abandoned stock have trickled down to irresponsible governments, terrorists, outlaws, children, and others likely to misuse them. The continual leakage of material by way of sale and...
World War: Four Scenarios: Ethnic Strife and "Engineers for Hire" among the Nost-Dangerous Scenarios
International Ethnic strife and "engineers for hire" among most-dangerous scenarios The end of the Cold War did not end all wars--it merely changed the paradigm in which conflicts arise and escalate, says military scholar Russell Ramsey, a...
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