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. 39, No. 3, May-June

America Wastes Half Its Food
U.S. households throw away 40% to 50% of all food ready for harvest, according to a study from the University of Arizona at Tucson. Reducing this incredible rate of loss could save U.S. customers and corporations tens of billions of dollars annually....
Combating Copycat Violence: Pop Culture's Exploitation of Criminal Acts Breeds More of Them
Terrorist attacks, as well as random acts of violence by criminals and mentally unstable individuals, produce psychological effects more far-reaching and potentially more destructive to society than the physical damage they cause. Though the acts themselves...
Contraception Rises among U.S. Women
Contraception use is nearly universal today among sexually active American women, report researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of sexually active women who are not using contraception has increased, however....
Electronic Paper Will Revolutionize TV
Couch potatoes could soon be watching their favorite shows on interactive electronic display screens that can roll up and out of the way when not in use. Researchers at the University of Paisley's Thin Film Center in Scotland are developing thin-film...
Fighting Crime with Closed-Circuit Cameras
Future surveillance cameras may do more than monitor a scene--they'll assess a situation and call the cops if something is amiss. Closed-circuit television cameras that can think for themselves are being developed by British scientists to identify...
Future Generations Fund to Support Youth Projects: Support Is Needed for Young People Struggling with the Future
The World Future Society has now embarked on an exciting new program, the Future Generations Fund, which will provide support and resources to young people everywhere as they prepare to participate in a rapidly changing world--one in which foresight...
Generating Alternatives to Radical Islam: Moderate Islam Is Key to Thwarting Terror Threats
Commitment to social, economic, and educational change within Muslim nations may help reduce terrorist threats to other countries and support for radical Islam worldwide, a RAND Corporation study finds. While only Muslims themselves can effectively...
Lunar Tourism by 2020s? the Moon May Become the Next Tourist Destination
Spending a quality vacation on the Moon could become a reality as early as the 2020s, but it will mean reconsidering the way we think about the economic value of traveling in space, says economics professor Patrick Collins of Japan's Azabu University....
Nanoflowers: The Beauty of Science; Search for Nanotech Materials Yields Tiny, Futuristic Flowers
Scientists are creating a garden of delights under the microscope. Cambridge University nanotechnologist Ghim Wei Ho's work developing types of materials based on nanotechnology resulted in the creation of beautiful blossom-like structures, which are...
Narrating the Vision: Scenarions in Action; Scenarios-Stories about the Future-Are Important Forecasting Tools for Organizations. Two Business Consultants Illustrate How Scenarios Foster Strategic Thinking, Learning, and Communication, and How They Can Be Used to Develop Plans, Mitigate Uncertainty, and Guard against Potential Problems
Human beings are wired for stories. Throughout history, knowledge was transferred through speech, pictures, or writing. While there is a role for using other means to convey knowledge, such as PowerPoint slides, they often do not do a good job of communication...
Obesity as a Major Malnutrition Issue: Poor Nutrition from Overeating May Become a Primary Killer
More than one billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. Most are Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Latin Americans living in urban areas of developing countries. Usually poor, they are succumbing in alarming numbers to obesity, heart disease,...
Other Trends Shaping the Future
I have always found the articles in THE FUTURIST great reading, and the March-April 2005 article by Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies is no exception ("Trends Now Shaping the Future: Economic, Societal, and Environmental Trends"). However, their leaving...
Pushing beyond the Earth's Limits: The Future Will See Not Just More Mouths to Feed, but a Growing Demand for Higher-Quality, More Resource-Intensive Food. the World's Farmers May Not Be Up to the Many Challenges of Meeting Those Demands
During the last half of the twentieth century, the world economy expanded sevenfold. In 2000 alone, its growth exceeded that of the entire nineteenth century. Economic growth, now the goal of governments everywhere, has become the status quo. Stability...
Saving the Environment Saves Human Lives: Environmental Protection Programs Could Reduce Impacts of Future Disasters
Hurricane Jeanne killed up to 3,000 Haitians in 2004, but the same storm hitting neighboring Dominican Republic had few victims. A new report from the United Nations credits the Dominicans' preservation of hill-covering forests for their relative...
The Digital Dynamic: How Communications Media Shape Our World
As digital media become the dominant means of communication, they will usher in a new paradigm, transforming how we think, behave, relate, and create. A business consultant and communications theorist offers a method for understanding the changes we...
Titanium Used for Skull Defects: New Models, New Materials Aid Reconstructive Surgery
Scientists are using titanium and virtual neurosurgery to help patients suffering from severe skull defects. Titanium provides a tough, biocompatible implant that can be shaped to fit a patient's skull. A cranial defect--basically a hole in the...
Trends Now Shaping the Future: Technological, Workplace, Management, and Institutional Trends
INTRODUCTION The impacts of new technological breakthroughs--and their unexpected consequences--continue to play a major role in shaping the way we work and manage our institutions, according to Marvin J. Cetron, president of Forecasting International...
WorldFuture 2005: Foresight, Innovation, and Strategy
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY JULY 29-31, 2005 CHICAGO HILTON AND TOWERS CHICAGO, ILLINOIS POWERFUL TOOLS FOR BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE WorldFuture 2005 will give you a view of many possible futures, and also help you create...
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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...
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