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. 44, No. 3, May-June

2020 Visionaries: In This Third Installment of the 2020 Visionaries Series, We Look at the Future of the Global Environment and of Democracy-Two Areas of Concern That Will Increasingly Intertwine in the Next 10 Years
Engineering the Physical and Political Future Over the course of the last century, humans took over the evolution of our species from nature. From huge public works projects visible from space to designer protein species that companies like Maxygen...
Coming: The Biggest Boom Ever! Get Ready for a Period of Unprecedented Global Development That Will Provide New Opportunities around the World in Emerging Industries Ranging from Nanotechnology to Solar and Wind Power
The economic recession has prompted many to duck and cover, and many economists are making very pessimistic short-term and long-term forecasts. However, scrutiny of the factors at play reveals that the coming decade will bring a great deal of opportunity....
Conquering Climate Change: Unless We Act, the Next Century Could See Increases in Species Extinction, Disease, and Floods Affecting One-Third of Human Population. but the Tools for Preventing This Scenario Are in Our Hands
Carbon-dioxide levels are now greater than at any time in the past 650,000 years, according to data gathered from examining ice cores. These increases in [CO.sub.2] correspond to estimates of man-made uses of fossil carbon fuels such as coal, petroleum,...
Film's Immortals: Forever Young and in 3-D: The Technical Achievements of Filmmakers like James Cameron, Director of Avatar, Suggest That Futurists' Predictions Are Close to Coming True
More than 20 years ago, THE FUTURIST wrote of the possibility of bringing Humphrey Bogart (and other movie stars) back to cinematic life. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The item, "Bogey's High-Tech Comeback" (Tomorrow in Brief, March-April 1987), focused...
Homosexuality and Family Formation: More-Accurate Counting of Same-Sex Parents May Improve Social Services
For the first time in its history, the U.S. Census Bureau will count gay marriages in its 2010 surveys. By collecting and releasing data on same-sex partners, both married and unmarried, and on the numbers of children being raised in these households,...
Nanowires Will Make Computers Smarter: New Breakthroughs May Overcome Limits to Moore's Law-At Least for a While
How much more powerful can computers get? Much more than we thought, argue American and British engineers. They cite the recent development of nanowire transistors and transistor-simulation tools. "As a society, we have come to expect the continuation...
Navigating the Multipolar World: The Free Market vs. State Capitalism: Ian Bremmer, the President of Risk Consultancy Eurasia Group Discusses the Political Tensions of the New Decade
THE FUTURIST: In your new book, The End of the Free Market, you write that human rights and free markets are inextricably linked, yet you perceive a future where many large and profitable state-run corporations exist, advancing neither free-market...
Prospects for Truth and Freedom: A Religion Professor Offers Three Scenarios for Globalization's Effects on Freedom
What would life be like if globalization were to reach its full potential? What about if it fell short or suddenly reversed course? In his new book, The Future of Truth and Freedom in the Global Village (Praeger, 2010), North Central College religious...
Teaching Social Skills: Success in School May Be Enhanced by Better Social Relationships
Some children have problems in school because they cannot relate to their classmates or interpret social or nonverbal cues. Their cluelessness makes them targets for bullies and makes academic learning all the more challenging for them, according to...
The Age of the Interface: From Processing Codes Punched out on Cards to Interpreting Our Brain Waves, Our Computers Are Progressively Learning How to Read Our Minds. Future Interfaces Will Help Man and Machine Understand Each Other Better
Ever since we humans started building levers, wheels, and other tools, we've needed ways to interface with them--that is, to operate and control them. Initially the means of operating our devices were direct and highly intuitive. But as our machines...
The Future of Freedom and Democracy
Ian Bremmer, head of the world's largest political-risk consultancy, is widely regarded as the go-to expert on the intersection of geopolitics and business. In his new book, The End of the Free Market, Bremmer describes the rise of a new geopolitical...
The Potential and Risks of Geoengineering: One Futurist Proposes Some Radical Ideas to Stave off the Worst Effects of Climate Change
When it comes to our planet's environment, "isolationism" is impossible. By the year 2030, environmental policy and political policy will be completely inseparable at the global level. Arguably, that should be the case today. As we gain a deeper understanding...
Tourism Booms as Arctic Melts: Gas, Oil, and Shipping Boost Economy but Add to Environmental Concerns
Researchers anticipate large increases of Arctic industry and tourism in this century. The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, a report compiled by the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, says that the number of cruise ships visiting Greenland...
Toward a More Visionary Outlook
The future has never looked more dire, with problems ranging from resource shortages and extreme climate disruptions to terrorism and threats to freedom and democracy. But the mark of visionary thinking is the ability to see the opportunities that...
WorldFuture 2010: Sustainable Futures, Strategies, and Technologies
The Annul Conference of the World Future Society July 8-10, 2010 * Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel * Boston, Massachusetts Professional Members' Forum: July 11, 2010 Approximately 100 speakers and 200 sessions! [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION...
World Future Society Professional Membership: Tools and Techniques ... Leading-Edge Ideas ... Highly Productive Collaborations
The World Future Society's Professional Membership is a focused program for individuals involved in futures research, forecasting, corporate or institutional planning, issues management, technology assessment, policy analysis, urban and regional planning,...
World Future Society Programs
The World Future Society is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization chartered in the District of Columbia, U.S.A., and is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. The Society has about 25,000 members...
Writing for Rights: An Interview with Iranian Dissident Azar Nafisi: A Prominent Iranian Memoirist Sees a Better, More Open Future
THE FUTURIST: You are regarded as a proponent both of women's rights in the Muslim world and of Westernization. How have recent events changed your views of the influence of Western culture in Iran? On the one hand, there is evidence that students...

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