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. 3, May-June

Asia's Next 50 Years
A select group of academics, politicians, and NGO representatives from across Asia and beyond gathered together in November 2010 to project what the next 50 years may hold in store for Asia as economic and political power shifts eastward. The invitation-only...
Building a Better Future for Haiti
The former Haitian ambassador to the United States visited the offices of the World Future Society in January, seeking help for rebuilding his country. This remarkable meeting offered the Society the opportunity to outline the futuring process and...
Computers Making the Quantum Leap: One Branch of Physics Holds Huge Implications for Information Technologies
Quantum computational devices with calculating power greater than any of today's conventional computers could be just a decade away, says Bristol University physicist and electrical engineer Mark Thompson. He anticipates accelerated research and development...
Daniel Bell and the Post-Industrial Society: The Late Sociologist Was Best Known for Defining and Describing the New Era and Social Realities That Information Technologies Were Helping to Create in the Twentieth Century
Daniel Bell, who died January 26, 2011, at the age of 91, left a lasting legacy of imposing books analyzing the economic and social trends that have shaped and now are reshaping American society. Bell was born on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1919....
Dimming the Sun: Humans Could Reduce Earth's Sunlight Intake, but Are They Playing with Fire?
When a volcano erupts and dims the sun with ash-laden clouds, one noteworthy effect is immediate cooling. Can this effect be replicated worldwide--without the ash? The British government is sponsoring prospective studies of "solar radiation management"...
Editorial Mission of the Futurist
As someone who's spent her entire career and the majority of her life at THE FUTURIST, I smile when I think of myself as the "new" editor. So let me first thank Edward Cornish, our Founding Editor, for his mentorship and for having confidence in me....
Envisioning a Global Economic Dashboard: Economic Futurist Hazel Henderson Offers Alternative Measures
A growing number of economists and policy makers argue that statistics such as gross domestic product (GDP) and gross national product (GNP) may be useful as snapshots of a nation's total economic activity, but they are limited in scope. Critics advocate...
Finding Eden on the Moon
At a time when world leaders see few compelling objectives for space exploration, here is one a colony on the Moon. The economic and scientific benefits would more than compensate for the up-front costs and time investment, argues a former dean of...
Futuring the Revolution: Watching Egypt's 30-Year-Old Dictatorship Come to an Abrupt End Inspired Futurists to Reflect on Wild Cards, Tipping Points, and the Power of Information-Empowered People
For 18 days in January and February, the virtual voices of protest were united to bring about a new reality for Egypt. Called the People's Revolution, it was truly one of the world's first socially networked revolutions, embracing not only the activists...
Global MegaCrisis Four Scenarios, Two Perspectives: Two Futurists Map out the Convergence of Multiple Global Challenges, Offering Divergent Viewpoints-One Optimistic and One Pessimistic-On the Likelihood of Successfully Meeting These Challenges and Turning Them into Global Progress
Killer pandemics, financial melt-downs, runaway global warming, environmental decay, nuclear war, cyberdisasters: These catastrophes are becoming increasingly routine headlines. But as the mainstream press focuses only on individual extreme events,...
Holographic Videoconferencing: The Next Breakthrough in Digital Communications May Be 3-D and 360
Imagine having a long-distance conversation with a colleague who, to your eyes and ears, appears to be right in front you. Now, 3-D telepresence has moved closer to reality, thanks to research by the University of Arizona and supported by the National...
Predicting Our Own Happiness: Why We're Usually Wrong about How We'll Feel in the Future
Will acing an exam truly make you happy? Will the snub of a cute co-worker send you into throes of despair? Maybe not. New research shows that people routinely discount their own personality biases when they envision how happy or sad they will be as...
Reversing the Mexican "Brain Drain": Investing in More Tech Opportunities May Lure the Best and Brightest Back Home
After investing more than a billion dollars (or 25% of the Ministry for Education's budget) in postgraduate studies for young students abroad, Mexico is looking for a return on that investment--literally. Many of those students never come back to Mexico...
Solar Power from the Moon: A Japanese Company Is Pitching an Alternative Energy Plan That's out of This World-And Potentially the Largest Public Infrastructure Project in Human History
The year is 2050 and it's morning on the Moon. The Sun is rising over a landscape that is bleak and featureless with one exception: a wide belt of photovoltaic panels that cuts across the ash-gray lunar surface like a straight river. Not a single astronaut...
The New "Peace Building"
If the Washington, D.C., skyline seems a little more peaceful these days, there is a reason. In March 2011, the United States Institute of Peace began moving into a new, $186-million headquarters located on the National Mall. The five-story building...
The Top 20 (Plus 5) Technologies for the World Ahead
Breakthroughs now emerging in biotechnology, robotics, and other key areas bear the potential to reshape life on Earth. Two military analysts describe the 20 innovations that will have the biggest impacts in the near future, plus five prospective technologies...
Why Farmers Need a Pay Raise: Global Commercial Trends Threaten Farmers' Livelihoods-And the Global Food Supply along with Them, Argues an Agricultural Policy Watcher. the Consequences for Human Beings Everywhere Could Be Dire
The world's farmers need a pay raise, or else, come mid-century, the other 8 billion of us may not have enough to eat. As the Earth Policy Institute notes, the world produced more grain than it consumed throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Today,...
Workshop Targets Domestic Violence in Uganda
Domestic violence is a growing issue in Uganda, particularly in rural areas, where there tends to be greater poverty and less access to quality education. At a three-day conference convened by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Uganda,...
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