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. 42, No. 6, November-December

Air De Paris: A Colorful Balloon Raises Environmental Awareness; Balloon Company Teams Up with Environmentalists to Keep Parisians Informed about the Quality of Their Air
French company Aerophile has come up with a captive-balloon concept that enables city dwellers to "see" the quality of the air they're breathing. Starting in spring 2008, a large colorful helium balloon above Andre Citroen Park (already a popular...
Back Issues of the Futurist
September-October 2008 (Vol. 42, No. 5) Global Trends in Culture, Infrastructure, and Values * In the Future, the Best Will Be Better Than Perfect: The New Biology Paradigm * SPECIAL REPORT: Science Fiction vs. Reality--The Flying Car: Up, Up,...
Cities Battle Auto Dominance: Car Taxes, Alternative Transport, Better Design Will Curb the Car
Cities around the globe are challenging the "car-only" model through a combination of automobile taxes, urban designs, and alternative transportation initiatives. Some of the most innovative public transportation systems, those that shift huge numbers...
Civilian Peacekeepers: A New U.S. Operation Hopes to Stop Wars before They Happen
U.S. military officials do not hope that a new volunteer force will help them win wars. They hope it will prevent wars from starting in the first place. The Civilian Response Corps, a body of U.S. government employees with vital professional skills,...
Global Crime Case: Cybercrime and Counterfeiting
Much of the modern organized crimes are very similar to the old. The most significant transformation from the streets to cyberspace has enlarged the territory of individuals and organized groups. Enabled by the Internet, criminals can operate in cyberspace...
Global Crime Case: Drugs and the U.S.-Mexico Border
The border between the United States and Mexico is 1,954 miles long and the most heavily transited international border in the world. Mexico is the United States' second-largest trading partner and a party to the North American Free Trade Agreement....
Global Crime Case: Gangs Go Global
Criminal gangs are thriving in cities around the world, and they aren't going away anytime soon, criminal justice professor John M. Hagedorn asserts in his new book, A World of Gangs. "Large areas within megacities have admittedly become unmanageable,...
Global Crime Case: Heroin
The case of heroin ably demonstrates the way in which the networked world of crime crosses international borders, involves a multiplicity of illegality, and presents an ominous picture of a dark future ahead. Heroin is a derivative from the opium...
Global Crime Case: The Modern Slave Trade
Human slavery is alive and prospering hundreds of years after wars were fought to abolish it. It is a growing part of the larger global problem of human trafficking. Human trafficking involves the involuntary movement of people across and within...
How Americans Spend Their Time: Reading, Cleaning Up, Doing More Work, Even at Home
American teens read slightly more in 2007 than they did in 2006. Americans are spending more time in classrooms, and more American men are doing work around the house, according to the most recent American Time Use Survey issued by the U.S. Bureau...
How to Live beyond 100: A Very Long Life Is One Part Nature and One Part Nurture
Your odds of living to celebrate your one-hundredth birthday are higher than ever, says University of Georgia gerontologist Leonard Poon. Adults aged 100 or more are a fast-growing population group throughout the industrialized world, Poon notes....
Incentivizing Thrift: Encouraging Savings in a Consumerist World
It's no secret that people who plan ahead and resist the temptation to spend money end up better off financially in the long term than those who don't. Why, then, do so many people save so little? In Whatever Happened to Thrift? business professor...
Organic Solar Collection: A Breakthrough in Concentrated Photovoltaics May Soon Be Available
Revisiting a largely abandoned concept from three decades ago, a research team at MIT has developed a new solar concentrator that is cost-effective as well as energy-efficient. Advocated as a better way of utilizing the sun's energy output, and practically...
Outlook 2009: Recent Forecasts from World Future Society for 2009 and Beyond
INTRODUCTION More sex, fewer antidepressants; more religious influence in China, less religious influence in the Middle East and the United States; more truth and transparency online, but a totally recorded real life. These are just a few of...
Seeing the Future through Multiple Eyes
The theme of the World Future Society's 2008 conference, "Seeing the Future Through New Eyes," as a particularly apt one, for when we use each other to see different points of view, new potential dangers and opportunities become clearer to us. In...
Seeing the Future through New Eyes; They Came, They Saw, They Earned Something New. Futurists Attending the World Future Society's 2008 Conference Look Full Advantage of the Opportunity to See the Future through Each Other's Eyes
When more than a thousand futurists came together in Washington, D.C., last summer to "See the Future Through New Eyes," they discovered that they needed only to look around them--to their fellow attendees and nearly two hundred outstanding presenters,...
The Globalization of Crime: R Team of Futurists Examines the Ways in Which Crime Has Become Globalized and How the Worlds of Legitimate and Illicit Finance Intertwine
The nature of crime has changed significantly in a single generation. Just 20 years ago, crime was organized in a hierarchy of operations. It was "industrial" in that it contained the division of labor and the specialization of operations. This structure...
The Real Life Search for E.T. Heats Up: The Bookies Are Taking Bets and the Scientists Are Sharpening Their Instruments. Extraterrestrial Creatures Great or Small May Be within Sight
Readers of this article could one day witness what might be considered the most exhilarating event in history: proof that extraterrestrial life exists. Because of riveting new space missions and advances in astronomy and computer technology, confirmation...
The Scent of the Future
Consumers didn't need to be told that Jazz Diet Pepsi was about to hit store shelves; they could smell it. The soft-drink company had placed an ad laced with scents of black cherry and French vanilla in the October 2006 edition of People magazine....
The Singularity Needs You: Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, and Virtual Reality Will Radically Change Human Existence in the Decades to Come. One Futurist Argues That the Future Is Too Important to Leave to the Technologists Alone
Jonas Salk, creator of the world's first polio vaccine, famously said that our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. This is a particularly relevant idea for those of us who take the future seriously. In our work, in our policies, in our...
WorldFuture 2009: Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World
July 17-19,2009 * Hilton Chicago * Chicago, Illinois Professional Members' Forum: July 20, 2009 The World Future Society's annual conference for 2009--"WorldFuture 2009: Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World" to be held July 17-19, 2009,...