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. 2, March-April

Bikes vs. Cars
For personal transport, two-wheelers beat four Bicycle ownership around the world now totals 800 million, compared with 460 million automobiles, report Lester Brown and Ed Ayres of the Worldwatch Institute. Unlike Americans, most of the world's bike-riders...
Designing a City for Mars
If a team of visionary twentieth-century architects has its way, Earth dwellers won't have to wait 10,000 years to visit a city on Mars. The Hyperion Project, a proposal to build a theme park in Takasaki, Japan, based on the concept of a Martian City...
Edible Landscaping
Cities that took over prime agriculture lands may be heading "back to the future." Backyard gardens and orchards are making urban landscapes "edible" again. Lower food prices, less landscape maintenance, and greater independence for communities may...
Engineering Earth's Climate from Space
The task of reversing the greenhouse effect may already be too big for Earthly solutions. Macro-engineering projects based in outer space could be the answer, offering ways to deflect incoming heat and ultraviolet radiation. Many people perceive space...
Gardens in the Sky
With new designs for greenhouses and innovative planting techniques, city dwellers could increasingly see their fields of dreams on their own rooftops. Nothing could have prepared me for my emergence into Shirley Robinson's garden. I had climbed the...
Moral Illiteracy
Teaching kids to be good "Johnny," the archetypal North American schoolchild, became functionally illiterate in the mid-twentieth century because schools experimented--and failed--with a new method for teaching kids how to read, according to many education...
No Handshaking, Please!
On the first leg of a long auto trip, my wife and I pulled into a rest area and were immediately approached by a scruffy character in his 20s or 30s. Pointing to four still-tougher-looking men in a nearby car, he asked if there were anything they could...
Robotic Eggs to the Rescue
Egg-like biotelemetry device joins effort to save endangered species Technologies are coming to the aid of zoologists working to prevent extinctions. One new tool to rescue bird species is the "robo-egg," an egg-shaped electronic device that a mother...
Soldiers of Tomorrow
Next generation of technologies to benefit Army Future soldiers will wear "smart" helmets, carry computers in their shirt pockets, and use satellite networks to gather intelligence and maneuver on the battlefield, according to a recent report from the...
Super Projects: New Wonders of the World
Bridges, tunnels, airports, high-speed-rail systems, and telecommunications networks are among global super projects creating new links among the world's peoples. Global development projects are revolutionizing people's lives. They are the driving force...
The 10 Best Words to Use in Japan
Japan's top-ten-word list may show changes in society A person's favorite words may go a long way in revealing Iris or her basic needs and lifestyle, according to Japan's Information and Popular Culture Research Society. And the best-liked words of...
The Fragrance Revolution
When you think about your nose, you probably only think about its size or shape or whether your nasal passages are clogged or clear. Aside from allowing us to enjoy flowers, perfumes, or other fragrances, the nose seems to hold few uses. Right? Wrong!...
The Old Old World
Lower birthrates and aging populations are changing the face of Europe Europe is now experiencing its lowest-ever fertility levels and the longest period in which fertility has remained at below-replacement levels, according to population expert Lincoln...
The Uses of the Future
Like most futurists, I have spent a large part of my life thinking about what the future may hold. The major differences between what I've been doing and what other futurists have been up to are, first, that I've probably been doing it a little longer...
The World Economy in the 21st Century
New report is hopeful but cites challenges to improving the global economy As national economies become more interdependent, attention is focusing on how the world economy will function as the new century approaches. Important impacts are anticipated...
Too Many Graduates, Too Few Jobs
College degree may not guarantee a spot on the payroll Most people attending college do so with the hope of providing a better life for themselves someday. They work toward getting a good job after graduation. And in the past, a degree and hard work...
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