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. 43, No. 2, March-April

Algae's Powerful Future: Our Oil Addiction May Be Cured by One of the Primordial Sources of Petroleum Itself
First, the bad news. A 2006 report by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts that cars and trucks powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells will total only one-tenth of one percent of new vehicle sales in the year 2030, mainly because of the...
A Realistic Energy Strategy: Energy Policy Must Be Realistic or It Won't Work, Says Strategy Analyst Tsvi Bisk. Fortunately, Clean and Sustainable Energy Is More Realistic Than You May Think
Deployable solutions to the energy crisis are in hand. The obstacle is our inability to differentiate between ideological and strategic thinking. Intelligent policy making requires that effective strategies prevail over ideological wishful thinking....
Emerging Technologies and the Global Crisis of Maturity: As Technological Development Surges, the Ability of Institutions to Handle Change Is Stifled by Outmoded Social Systems. to Survive the Technological Revolution in the Midst of Global Crisis, a Social Revolution Is Also Needed That Will Bring Institutions and Civilization to a Higher Stage of Maturity
It's clear now that a technology revolution is under way as ever more sophisticated information systems create unprecedented gains in knowledge, leading to breakthroughs every-where. The latest forecasts from the TechCast Project are presented here...
Google Searches Its Future: The Internet King Is Contemplating an Expanding Frontier
In 1998, a pair of Stanford University doctoral students named Sergey Brin and Larry Page ventured out into the wild, wild west of the early World Wide Web. They had but a few ideas about algorithmic Internet page-ranking and the daunting, self-given...
Hooked Up or Just Hooked: Teens Spend Four Hours per Day Either Watching Television or Online
Nearly half of adolescent activities in the United States are driven by technology, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Between watching TV and interfacing with the Internet, the average American teen spends four hours per day...
New Greenhouse Gas Threat: And You Thought Carbon Dioxide Was Bad for the Earth's Climate!
What do solar panels and global warming have in common? The answer: Both are produced with nitrogen trifluoride ([NF.sub.3]), a gas that is 17,000 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping atmospheric heat, according to geochemistry professor...
Oil Exports May Soon Dry Up: Petroleum Available for Foreign Export May Peak within 25 Years
Forget the debate about peak oil supply. What we really should be worried about is peak oil exports. The problem is simple: When net oil exporters are awash in cash, this stimulates development and increased domestic energy consumption, reducing...
Racial Prejudice Declines in Britain; Increased Heterogeneity Spurs Increased Racial Tolerance
Among Britons born early in the last century, interracial marriage may still be considered taboo, and a white man working for a black boss is unthinkable. But to younger generations, such things barely rate a shrug of the shoulders, according to a...
Repairing the World's Financial System
In a recent poll, 60% of U.S. respondents said they believed an imminent economic depression was "likely." Retirement accounts lost more than $2 trillion in value over the past year, and as of November 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down...
Saving the Environment: Five Creative Approaches: The Actions of Five Individuals Offer Insights into How Best to Move toward a More Environmentally Sustainable Future
The five individuals spotlighted in this article share a deep concern for Planet Earth and its inhabitants, but they express their concerns in very different ways. They include a globe-trotting community development specialist, a designer who learns...
Saving the Planet, One Cloud at a Time: Two British Researchers Offer an Ambitious Plan to Save the World from Global Warming
There are thousands of ways to battle climate change, from supporting solar and wind power to buying low-energy appliances to simply consuming less. But what if these measures, taken en masse and individually, come up short? If humanity just can't...
Stopping the Use of Child Soldiers: Slow Progress Is Being Made in Ending the Use of Children in Combat
The number of conflicts in which children are directly involved dropped from 27 in 2004 to 17 at the end of 2007, according to research by the U.K.-based Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. But this decline is due more to the conflicts ending...
Timeline for the Future: Potential Developments and Likely Impacts: Designer Babies, Fiber-Optic Plants, Synthetic Celebrities, and More. a Timeline Suggests When We'll See the Evolving Technologies That Will Radically Reshape Human Life
In Future Shock (1970), Alvin Toffler wrote that technology had accelerated the pace of change so much that people were beginning to lose their moorings. The old, familiar world in which they had grown up was vanishing so quickly that they no longer...
What I Have Learned: The Editor of THE FUTURIST Got a Real Education Working for the World Future Society
I've been writing some memoirs about my experiences founding the World Future Society in 1966 and serving as its president until 2004. Recalling the past of the Society got me thinking about what I had learned along my way into the future. Clearly...
WorldFuture 2009: Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World
In these times of unprecedented volatility, knowing how to anticipate change, respond to evolving trends, and strategize effectively are essential components to success. Since its inception in 1966, the World Future Society has served as a leader in...
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