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. 45, No. 2, March-April

Alarms Ring as Wedding Bells Do Not: Trends in Postponed Marriages and Births Spark Debate on Economy's Role
Americans are waiting longer to marry, and household size declined between 2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Marriage is also declining among young people, the Bureau reports. The media have been quick to point to the 2008 recession...
Avatars and Virtual Immortality
Deceased people always left active legacies in the memories of the survivors who knew them, and in the consequences of the deeds they performed in life. Now, a very great variety of avatars and agents in virtual worlds is extending the scope of action...
Because the Future Matters ... a Special Message from the President of the World Future Society
Dear Reader, The World Future Society Needs You ... because the more complex that the future becomes, the more minds we need at work: * scanning the horizon, * scouting the opportunities and risks ahead, * envisioning inspiring possibilities,...
Bike to the Future: Maximizing Public Health Will Be a Great Challenge, but Bicycling Could Be a Big Part of the Solution. A Policy Analyst and Lifelong Cyclist Identifies the Trends That Are Encouraging More People Than Ever to Bike on a Regular Basis-And a Few Obstacles That Bicycling Will Have to Overcome
I bicycled a lot from about ages 9 to 15. Though I biked little after I got my driver's license at age 16, I took up biking again in my 30s and continued into my 60s. I am going to tell you about 10 trends that are supporting increased bicycling now...
Could Medical Tourism Aid Health-Care Delivery? Medical Tourism-Wherein Patients Seek More Affordable or Specialized Treatment outside Their Home Countries-Represents a Major Challenge for Health-Care Delivery in Developed Countries Such as the United States. It Also Offers an Opportunity to Integrate and Improve Medical Delivery Globally
Health care has long been one of the most local of all industries, but in today's world, people, information, ideas, and technologies are increasingly crossing national borders. The move to "go global" is such a strong force that hardly any human activity...
Demographic Impacts on Climate Change: Scenarios Examine Effects of Population Size, Age, and Migration on Carbon Emissions
Aging, urbanization, household size, and other changes in population trends all have impacts on energy consumption and, hence, greenhouse gas emissions. Simply slowing global population growth won't solve the planet's climate problems, although it...
Europe's Blue Future: Offshore Energy
The Marine Board of the European Science Foundation presented a report at the EurOCEAN2010 conference that details how Europe could get half of its electricity from renewable marine resources by 2050. The plan entails researching and developing innovative...
From Hospital to "Healthspital": A Better Paradigm for Health Care: Hospitals Should Not Simply Be Places Where People Go to Get Well (or, Worse, Where They Go to Die). Future Hospitals Could Become Wellness Information Centers and Proactive Partners in Community Well-Being, Says a Practicing Orthopedic Surgeon
Is health-care delivery in the United States so broken that it cannot be repaired, remediated, rejuvenated, reformed, or reorganized? Should all existing delivery mechanisms be torn down so we can start from scratch? My unequivocal answer is no...
Hackers of the World Unite: Crowd-Sourced Attacks on Networks Are Increasingly Destructive
Computer networks have been on guard for decades against individuals trying to "hack" them. But networks now face a larger danger from mass attacks, warns IT security analyst Richard Stiennon. "The new trend is to mobilize forces over the Internet...
Health Insurance in America after the Reform: If For-Profit Health Insurers Find That Business Is Too Unprofitable under the New Law, Where Will Americans Find Affordable Coverage? One Solution May Rise from the Nonprofit Sector Led by Credit Unions, Which Have Already Demonstrated an Ability to Keep Up with For-Profit Banks
The primary objective of President Obama's 2009 health care reform initiative was to provide health insurance for an estimated 46 million people who did not have it. The Act requires insurers not to reject coverage on the basis of preexisting health...
Imagineers in Search of the Future: In 1955, Walt Disney Imagineers Achieved Virtual Reality with Disneyland. Eight Imagineering Principles Explain How They Did It
Here You Leave Today, and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy--Sign at the entrance to Disneyland The opening of Disneyland in the middle of the twentieth century saw Walt Disney unleashing the forces of Imagineering to create a true...
Relationships, Community, and Identity in the New Virtual Society: As We Spend More of Our Social Lives Online, the Definitions of Relationships and Families Are Shifting. A Business Futurist Offers an Overview of These Trends and What They Imply for Organizations in the Coming Years
In India, where for centuries marriages have been arranged by families, online dating services such as BharatMatrimony.com are profoundly changing embedded traditions. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MyGamma, a Singapore-based mobile phone social networking...
Renewal at THE FUTURIST Magazine
For 44 years, I have had the privilege of serving as Editor of THE FUTURIST magazine. I would like to thank all of you for your support during our journey along the frontiers of the future. It has been a thrilling ride, but the time has come for me...
Surviving the Great Recession's Aftershocks: Too Much Wealth in the Hands of Too Few Will Result in Less for All, Warns a Former U.S. Labor Secretary, Who Offers a Prescription for Rebalancing Wealth
Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future by Robert B. Reich. Knopf. 2010. 192 pages. $25. The inequality of wealth in the United States will result in a stagnant economy and political turmoil by the year 2020, argues public-policy scholar...
Ten Likely Global Occurrences
"Much can happen in ten years--just review the past decade." So begins the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies' report "Ten Tendencies Towards 2020." With this in mind, the CIFS analyzes 10 shifts that the organization believes are already well...
The "American Dream" Moves Downtown: Revitalizing Urban Life with Both Nature and Culture May Benefit Communities and Citizens Alike
In mid-twentieth-century America, the dream was to raise children in a single-family house with a yard, away from the traffic and noise in downtown areas. And the U.S. highway system stretched out to new residential subdivisions in the suburbs, as...
The Futurist Playlist: The Future Has Been the Subject of Awe, Fear, Hope, Cynicism, and Inspiration, Reflecting Our Changing Relationship with What May Be Ahead
Music can express ideas and feelings both through the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies that evoke passions and through the words that distill complex thought into poetry. So we recently asked our Twitter followers to nominate their favorite songs about...
The High Cost of Bad Habits: English and American Health Disparities Offer Lifestyle Lessons
The United States and England each has a major--and unique--health-care challenge, according to a study comparing the health of senior citizens in the two countries. The study, conducted by researchers from the RAND Corporation in the United States...
Understanding Technological Evolution and Diversity: From the Depths of the Amazon Basin to the Streets of Tokyo, Technology Is Always Evolving. Here, a Wired Founding Editor Describes What Technology Wants-And What We Can Learn from Observing the "Technium," the Technological Ecosystem
When a new technology has found its ideal role in the world, it becomes an active agent in increasing the options, choices, and possibilities of others. Our task is to encourage the development of each new invention toward this inherent good, to align...
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