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. 38, No. 3, May-June

Better Decision Making: From Who's Right to What's Right; A Computer-Aided Structured-Inquiry Method Offers a Better Way to Make Tough Decisions
You're sitting alone in the Oval Office, late in the evening, studying a new intelligence report. The implications of its disturbing findings, and the decisions you must make based on those findings, may affect the lives of millions of people. [ILLUSTRATION...
Bioforensics Standards
The goal in combatting terrorism is not just to identify perpetrators, but also to prosecute them successfully. To make that happen, a national system to establish guidelines for handling bioagents used in alleged criminal activities could soon be...
Bringing Violence under Control: Solutions to Violence Include Educational and Social Opportunities
Violence claims the lives of more than a million people every year and leaves many more with physical and emotional scars. But gang violence and other homicides are not the main problem, according to researchers. Nearly half of all violent deaths in...
Challenge Ahead for Detroit's Automakers
Detroit's Big Three automakers--General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler--are going to have to make changes in their products if they want to stay competitive, says automotive trend watcher Micheline Maynard. The American automobile industry is by no...
Consultants and Services
Alisting of consulting futurists. For information about being listed in the directory, published in every issue of THE FUTURIST and available on the Web at www.wfs.org, call Jeff Cornish toll free at 1-800-989-8274 or 301-656-8274, or fax 301-951-0394....
Cooking Globally Eating Whenever: The Future of Dining; a Noted Food-Trend Specialist Shows What the World's Chefs Will Be Dishing Up in the Coming Years
Eating better and more adventurously is becoming an obsession, especially among people with money to spend. Healthier eating--and not-so-healthy eating--as well as the number and variety of food choices and venues continue to increase at an ever-quickening...
Cosmopedia: Tomorrow's World of Learning; Libraries, Universities, and Encyclopedias Have Long Tried to Collect and Organize All Human Knowledge. This Ancient Dream Is Finally Becoming a Reality. but What's Yet to Come May Be More Exciting Still
No one yet knows for certain what the impact of powerful new computer technologies will be across the next two or three decades, but I suspect that all of us are in for great surprises. One surprise, with enormous consequences for education and much...
Fighting the Sahara
Keeping the sands of the Sahara Desert at bay may seem like a no-win situation, but the government of Tunisia has found a way. Now, it is serving as a model for other countries battling desertification. Under the aegis of its Ministry of Agriculture,...
Futuring and Foresight
As this issue of THE FUTURIST went to press, an extraordinary new book from editor Edward Cornish, too, was sent off to the printer. Futuring: The Exploration of the Future is an in-depth look at ways to improve your foresight in order to make better...
Headlines and Newsmakers
The World Future Society homepage now features easy shortcuts to interesting stories found throughout the site, including the latest items from Futurist Update, new postings on the Web Forums, and excerpts from articles in the current FUTURIST. Click...
How Do "Knowledge Societies" Measure Up?
Anation that fails to support technological innovation may fall behind in the global economy, denying citizens a prosperous, just, clean, and sustainable world to live in. So a team of Finnish researchers has developed a method for measuring the state...
Keeping Leaders Up on Technology and Science: New Ideas for Helping Government Make Informed Decisions
About World Trends & Forecasts The trends and forecasts in this section are divided into the six categories commonly used in business planning: Demography covers specific population groups, family composition, public-health issues, etc. ...
Marine Mapping and Monitoring: New Atlas Reveals Seagrass Loss and Its Impacts
The world's underwater meadows are deteriorating, threatening the manatees, dugongs, turtles, and thousands of other animals and plants that depend on them, report the authors of the World Atlas of Seagrasses. Underwater grasses form a unique marine...
Odd Working Hours Cause Family Stress: Need for Night and Weekend Shift Workers Continues to Rise
Working at nonstandard times--evenings, nights, or weekends--is taking its toll on American families. One-fifth of all employed Americans work variable or rotating shifts, and one-third work weekends, according to Harriet B. Presser, sociology professor...
Robots and Sensors Help Make Seniors Mobile: Assistive Technologies Improve Mobility and Independence
A new generation of robotic assistance systems is restoring quality of life for the elderly. Designed for use at home as well as in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and nursing homes, these systems are helping older, less-agile people to keep...
Self-Sufficient Homes: Welcome to the Self-Sufficient Home. Its Inhabitants Make Their Own Energy, Produce Their Own Food, and Do Their Part to Save the World's Environment
Get ready to live in a totally self-sufficient home, one that is specially constructed and equipped to generate all its power and raise all your food. A home that is self-sufficient should not be confused with an "independent home," which typically...
The Art of Foresight: Preparing for a Changing World
Foresight is the secret ingredient of success, because without foresight we cannot prepare for the future. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Foresight has always been important in human life, but it is now much harder to come by because everything in our...
The Mission of THE FUTURIST
THE FUTURIST magazine is edited for people who take the future seriously. They recognize that humans shape their own future by whatever they do. Therefore, it's critically important to take the future into account whenever we make decisions. Decisions...
Trend Analysis: The Increase of the Elderly in the Population
Background The world is experiencing an increase in elderly people. To clarify the implications of this trend, the staff of the World Future Society has identified a number of the causes of the trend and possible effects that the trend will have....
Underground Trains across America?
The solution to U.S. transportation problems may be an underground vacuum tube magnetic levitation system, according to transportation visionary Brad Swartzwelter. Called American-Metro, Swartzwelter's system would operate without fossil fuels, have...
WorldFuture 2004: Creating the Future Now!
WorldFuture 2004 Welcomes the World The annual meeting of the World Future Society is shaping up to be an exciting example of what has come to be known as a "global village in microcosm." Speakers and conference goers will be arriving in Washington...
World Future Society
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...
Youth Programs Vital for Adult Success
Adolescents and young people face critical challenges in the coming decades, according to a report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The report stresses the importance of investing in youth programs, especially for avoiding early and...

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