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. 36, No. 3, May

Being Practical about Our Dreams. (about This Issue)
Almost every technological breakthrough can be viewed as a result of utopian thinking--attempts to improve our world or ourselves by applying imagination and ingenuity to realizing a dream (or preventing a nightmare). This sort of utopian thinking...
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* Futurists on Terrorism Michael Marien's post-September 11 survey, "The New Age of Terrorism: Futurists Respond" (January-February 2002), provided some valuable contributions to this vital debate. In essence, there are four key areas where searching...
Finding the Future Alcoholic: Scientists May Soon Be Able to Identify Children Who Are Likely to Become Alcoholics. but Will Society Be Able to Prevent Their Addiction?
Many alcoholics tell the same story: Before they took their first drink they felt constantly anxious, irritable, or depressed. Afterwards, they felt normal for the first time in their lives. The first time Judy drank alcohol, she knew it was for...
How the Space Station Will Benefit Earthlings: Science, Medicine, and Education Will Get a Boost, Says a Former Astronaut. (Technology)
Aboard the International Space Station, astronauts, cosmonauts, and scientists from around the globe are collaborating on science that once was thought only to be fiction. With new scientific tools at their fingertips, space station crews are working...
Learning to Cope with Complexity: We Can Enhance Our Future Security by Learning More about Our Society's Complexities. (Future View)
During times of great crisis, human beings typically turn to one of two strategies: fight or flight. There is, however, a third strategy: learning and deep change. It is based on the principle that all events, especially the most tragic, are ripe...
Making Activism Work. (Government)
Social activists in the twenty-first century are beginning to focus on a sweeping goal: to create "a new era of ecology, justice, and sustainability," according to social organizer and theorist Bill Moyer. But the activists' efforts could fall short...
Personal Investments Could Shrink Government: Citizen Stockholders Might Demand Limited Government. (Government)
So many U.S. citizens benefit from Social Security, Medicare, and other federal entitlement programs that the emergence of "limited government" in American life seems unlikely. "Americans have slowly but surely built their lives around government...
Running out of Oil: Petroleum Production Could Peak in the Next Decade. (Environment)
World oil production will probably peak before 2010 and then decline, triggering higher energy prices and global economic disturbance, according to Princeton University geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes. "There will be chaos in the oil industry,...
"Soundsmithing" in the Digital Music Future: Technologies Will Make Music More Participatory, Portable, and Personal. (Society)
As the digital future unfolds, new audio technology will revolutionize the way music is created and heard. In the future, the music public will move beyond passive listening to become fully interactive with recorded music. The popularity of karaoke...
Strategies for World Peace: The View of the UN Secretary-General; the United Nations' Priorities for the Future Are to Promote Democracy, Prevent Conflict, and Lessen the Burden of Global Poverty
Today, in Afghanistan, a girl will be born. Her mother will hold her and feed her, comfort her and care for her, just as any mother would anywhere in the world. In these most basic acts of human nature, humanity knows no divisions. But to be...
The Internet of the Future: To Control or Be Controlled; Networked, Intelligent Environments Will Give Us Complete Control over Our World, Our Privacy, and Our Property. but We Also Will Be More Watched, and Our Actions More Controlled
The World Wide Web as we now know it is out of control. It's hard to use it without a computer terminal at hand, and when we do use it, other people--businesses, governments, spammers--can invade our privacy and steal our intellectual property....
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...
The University of the Future. (Society)
The increasingly important role of knowledge in twenty-first-century society could create profound changes on university campuses, according to Frank H.T. Rhodes, president emeritus of Cornell University. "The university is being forced to make...
Tomorrow's Job Titles: Our Future Jobs Will Define Our Culture. (Economics)
Labor-market forecasters believe that tomorrow's new jobs will increasingly be found in the service sector, particularly in work related to health, communications, and computers. But the new jobs will have unfamiliar titles, such as visualization...
Toward a Practical Utopianism: Utopian Thinking Needs to Be Rescued from Fantasy and Fanaticism; It Must Embrace Science but Disclaim Moral Relativism
Many of us need clear visions of our possible futures in order to live as human beings on this earth. But we need a new, more practical form of utopianism than what has existed in the past. We need Neo-Utopianism. A rational social science would...
Trends in Global Obesity: Developing Nations Are Gaining on U.S. in a Weighty Matter. (Demography)
Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic worldwide, according to a recent University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. The researchers say 25% of American children, 16% of Russian children, and 7% of Chinese children ages 6 to 18 are either...
Virtual Reality Is Getting Real: Prepare to Meet Your Clone
Uirtual reality is not get an everyday reality, but in the next 10 to 20 gears, VR experiences will be fully integrated into reel life. We'll "attend" meetings, practice surgical techniques, trauel to exotic places, test design flaws before building...
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 30,000 members...
WorldView 2002: Futures Unlimited!
Excitement is building for WorldView 2002: Futures Unlimited! Join a thousand of your fellow futurists in one of the most important conferences the Society has ever planned. In addition to a wide range of sessions, covering everything from new...