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. 46, No. 5, September-October

A Leaderless World Order? New Alliances and New Cold Wars Are Both Possible as the Era of Superpowers Is over, Says Policy Scholar Ian Bremmer. the Next Few Decades of Geopolitics Will Be Messy
Coalitions of nations, such as the G7 and G20, convene and attempt to orchestrate solutions to global problems, but each attempt comes up short. This is an indicator that the world's real situation is "G-Zero": No country or group of countries is leading,...
A New Paradigm for Older Women
Visionaries Have Wrinkles: Conversations with Wise Women Who Are Reshaping the Future by Karen Sands. Broad Minded Publishing. 2012. 255 pages. Paperback. $19.99. In Visionaries Have Wrinkles, an anthology on womanhood and maturity, gerontologist...
Are You Smarter Than a Sixth-Generation Computer? Tests for Measuring Nonhuman Intelligence Are Needed in Order to Track Development
Despite the amazing achievement of supercomputers such as IBM's Jeopardy champion DeepQA (aka Watson), we do not yet call them "intelligent." But what about the next generation of supercomputers, or the ones that come after that? Before we can make...
Armageddon Might Be Closer Than We Think
X-Events: The Collapse of Everything by John L. Casti. HarperCollins. 2012. 317 pages. Paperback. $12.99. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Modern society is increasingly complex and, consequently, increasingly fragile, according to systems theorist John...
Child Marriage Declines in South Asia: Education and Human Development May Lead to Fewer Child Brides
In impoverished communities across the developing world, many families arrange to marry off their underage daughters to older male suitors--usually without the daughters' consent or even their knowing in advance. Those girls are then pulled out of...
Diversity, Discovery, and a Ticking Clock: Species Extinctions May Be Outpacing New Species Discoveries, Scientists Warn
Professional and amateur taxonomists around the world have better tools at their disposal for identifying new species, including some that may be of vital significance. But they may be running out of time. "If you are looking for the most sensitive...
Games for Character and Mindfulness: New Techniques Are Sought for Teaching Middle Schoolers about Kindness and Empathy
Many adults remember their own middle-school years (ages 11 to 14) as filled with traumatic episodes of hormonal rage, self-loathing, and aggressiveness. As grown-ups, educators, parents, and child development specialists may well hope for better experiences...
Investing in Ex-Cons: Small Loans May Yield Big Opportunities for Social Reintegration
Reentering society is a challenge for ex-inmates, whose criminal records impair their ability to find employment and to receive many social services. Access to housing and food assistance, educational loans, and other public assistance is vital to...
Regulating the Final Frontier: As Commercial Endeavors Enter Space, International Law Must Expand as Well
Space is a "global commons," and its direct exploration has always been an international undertaking, subject to international treaties. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty--which forms the basis of relevant law regarding activities in space and is agreed...
Rescuing the Mind of Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa Is a Hotbed of Environmental and Social Scourges That Compromise the Development and Health of the Human Brain-And Undermine the Region's Future
The future of sub-Saharan Africa may be at risk as damage continues to be inflicted on the minds and brains of the African population. Researchers such as psychologist Richard Lynn and political scientist Tatu Vanhanen have reported significantly lower...
RIP Ray Bradbury: Legendary Science-Fiction Author Ray Bradbury Died at the Age of 91 on June 5, 2012, after a Long Illness. Futurists Were Inspired to Tweet Their Reflections, Tributes, and Favorite Quotations
@io9: R.I.P. Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles http://io9.com/5916175/rip-ray-bradbury-author-of-fahrenheit-451-and-the-martian-chronicles @Iatimes (Los Angeles Times): Ray Bradbury, dead at 91, leaves a legacy as...
Serving Justice with Conversational Law: Digitized, Semantic Legal-Expert Systems Will Enable More People to Access and Understand the Law
We now think of law as text--the "law on the books." These are the statutes, regulations, and court opinions to which lawyers look for guidance on how to counsel clients and for sources of authority to cite in legal arguments and briefs. Law also includes...
The 22nd Century at First Light: Envisioning Life in the Year 2100: A Special Report by Members and Friends of the World Future Society
Introduction A child born today will only be 88 years old in the year 2100. The next 88 years may see changes that come exponentially faster than the previous 88 years. What new inventions will came out of nowhere and change everything? What...
The Long Future Is Now
Futurists being a diverse bunch, with variable temperaments and their own particular goals, can be counted on to disagree about precisely how far into the future it is useful to cast our eyes. We generally agree that it is very useful to look past...
The New Age of Space Business
When the space shuttle Discovery flew atop its 747 carrier plane from the Kennedy Space Center to Washington, D.C., and its new home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, on April 17, 2012, it was a photographic crowd-pleaser of a moment. Many in...
What If European History Repeats Itself?
The Prosperity of Vice: A Worried View of Economics by Daniel Cohen. MIT Press. 216 pages. $27.95. The globe's steepest risk this century is the emerging higher standards of living and material consumption throughout the developing world, argues...

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