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. 4, July-August

A Gloomy Future for U.S. Capitalism? Declining Growth, Weakening Competitiveness, and Other Dark Clouds Loom. (Economics)
"The U.S. economic system faces some very serious problems in the coming decade," declares economist Frederic L. Pryor, an authority on the comparative study of economic systems. In his latest book, The Future of U.S. Capitalism, Pryor analyzes...
A Philadelphia Story
Sameness--the factor that worked so well for fast food and hotel chains-- won't sell a city to visitors and tourists. To attract out-of-towners and new business, cities will need to showcase their uniqueness, to have a signature of their own. ...
Building Biospheres for Space Living. (Technology)
Anew center at Purdue University will develop biospheres and other advanced technologies for sustaining human colonists on Mars or the moon. Residents will grow their own crops and live inside fully enclosed habitats in which all wastes are constantly...
Changing Lanes: Watch What's Coming on Tomorrow's Roads
Unlocking gridlock will require more efficient use of the space we already have for transportation. One answer is designing smaller vehicles and putting them on safe guideways above highways and within existing rights-of-way. Just as steam engines...
Choosing Our Genes: Attempts to Ban Biomedical Research Are Announced Almost as Frequently as Reports on Breakthroughs. A Medical-Technology Analyst Argues That the Bans Are Premature and May Do Society More Harm Than Good
Technologies giving us control over our genetic destiny will be developed, whether they are banned or not. But clumsy regulatory efforts could greatly impede our progress toward improving the future health and well-being of our descendants. What...
Consultants and Services. (Special Advertising Section)
A listing of consulting futurists. For information about being listed in the directory published in every issue of THE FUTURIST and available on the Web at www.wfs.org, call Jeff Cornish toil free at 1-800-989-8274 or 30 656-8274, or fax 301-951-0394....
Economic Foresight for an Age of Uncertainty. (Books in Brief)
Understanding Economic Forecasts, edited by David F. Hendry and Neil R. Ericsson. MIT Press. 2001. 207 pages. $25.95. (Order online from www.wfs.org/specials.htm.) Too bad economics isn't more like physics. If it were, we could rely on fixed...
Extreme Weather on the Horizon: Failure to Curb Greenhouse Effects Could Lead to Environmental Catastrophe. (Environment)
Summers are growing hotter, deserts are becoming dryer, coastal regions are in danger of being submerged, storms are turning increasingly deadly. And there may be a lot more violent weather in our future if steps are not taken soon to reduce the...
Feedback
* Africa Needs to Face AIDS While political corruption and economic incompetence are identified as the two biggest problems facing Africa in Cynthia G. Wagner's piece "Brighter Visions for Africa" (March-April 2002), there is no mention of AIDS....
Financial Literacy: A Tool for Economic Progress; More Access to Financial Information and Instruments Will Help Less-Well-Off Households and Businesses to Flourish, According to the Federal Reserve Chairman
In our economy, the three principal means for household asset accumulation are through home ownership, small business ownership, and savings. As important as these are for the individual, they also represent distinct and important benefits to the...
Finding the Right Job. (Personal Futues)
To properly evaluate a prospective job--and the life changes that may go along with it--candidates should develop a strategy to obtain all their desired information during the limited time of interviews, according to business consultant Gordon Bing...
Futurists vs. Planners: Given the Rapid Speed of Business Today, Forward-Thinking Companies Should Consider Futurology to Stay Ahead of Change. (Future View)
When I started as a professional business consultant about 30 years ago, I couldn't call myself a futurist. That would have scared clients away. Of course, they were more than willing to pay good money for advice on planning. But they associated...
Learning from the Nightmares of the Past. (Book Review)
Woodrow Wilson's dream of international cooperation to avert deadly conflicts could yet be realized if we learn from his failures, says Robert McNamara, former U.S. secretary of defense. Wilson's Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing,...
Making Government Work Better: Government Workers Suggest Ways to Reform the Reforms. (Government)
Frustrated by a decade of government reforms that did not make their jobs easier or their organizations more efficient, U.S. government workers have some suggestions for future reformers. Better recruiting, fewer layers of bureaucracy, new technology,...
Measuring Nature's Productivity. (Environment)
As animal species become extinct and ecosystems less diverse, the environment for remaining species will become less healthy, according to a University of Maryland study. Biology professor Margaret Palmer and doctoral student Bradley Cardinale found...
Mike Dillard and Janet Hennard Respond. (Commentaries and Response)
We appreciate the insights of the distinguished reviewers. Responding to Vary T. Coates, we do not believe that virtual nations can exist in the absence of concrete items such as people, ideals, money, telecommunications, and organization. Instead,...
Nanotech Warriors. (Technology)
Tomorrow's armies will have uniforms that protect, heal, and store enough energy to catapult soldiers over 20-foot walls. "Imagine the psychological impact upon a foe when encountering squads of seemingly invincible warriors protected by armor...
Personal Transporter. (Innovation and Impact)
It's faster than walking and more maneuverable than driving: It's Segway, personal transportation system recently introduced in a glow of publicity. Segway's makers hope it will reach the consumer market in time for the 2002 Christmas shopping season....
Science Pursues Happiness: Happiness Pays off, Studies Show. (Society)
Psychologists seeking the real secrets of happiness report that very happy people tend to be more extroverted and agreeable than less happy people. "Our findings suggest that very happy people have rich and satisfying social relationships and...
Strategies for Job Seekers: New College Grads Looking for Work in a Sluggish U.S. Economy Should Consider Unconventional Jobs. Building a Solid Resume-Not Waiting for Ideal Job-Makes New Grads More Viable in the Long Run
Fewer job openings and a bigger pool of candidates mean fierce competition for America's first-time job seekers this year. Recent grads are up against former classmates as well as unemployed workers who have one to three years' experience (and may...
Teen Drinking Is on the Rise: Report Blames Parents, Peers, Media, and the Alcohol Industry. (Demography)
The proportion of American children who start drinking alcohol in or before eighth grade has increased by nearly one-third since 1975, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University in New York. ...
The Approaching Age of Virtual Nations: A Passion for Money, Religion, or Politics Can Turn Online Communities into Virtual Nations-Complete with Leaders, Laws, and Citizens, Enter the New World Order
One of the most significant sociopolitical evolutions since the formation of cities and states may begin soon: the emergence of virtual nations. Individuals bound by a common, passionate cause or set of beliefs form virtual nations (v-nations)....
The Childless Revolution. (Demography)
Childlessness is becoming the norm in America, where 43% of women of childbearing age are not bearing children. Families without children surpassed those with children by 1.5% in 1985, and the difference grew to 6.7% in 1999, according to the U.S....
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 Overlapping of Virtual and Real. (Commentaries and Response)
Mike Dillard and Janet Hennard argue that computers and the information technologies they make possible enable their users to create a new kind of reality--a new kind of nation. I agree with that. But to dramatize their point, they go on to create...
The Technology Timeline. (Visions)
Technological development is ever accelerating, bringing new products onto the market. To help understand the range of innovations emerging and their potential impacts, researchers at British Telecommunications began the Technology Timeline in 1991...
Virtual Nationhood? Not Really. (Commentaries and Response)
National sovereignty is grounded in history and in ethnicity; it is a remnant of the "sanctity of kingship" and liege loyalty. Rooted in raw, bloody acquisition of power through war, it has taken on as well the scarcely more benign power of religion....
Virtual Nations or Telecommunications. (Commentaries and Response)
For a number of years, the meta territoriality made possible by telecommunications has intrigued us with its potential to escape the national sovereignty of states. Virtuality creates new kinds of communities, which may acquire some of the powers...
V-Nations' Capacity for Evil. (Commentaries and Response)
It is certainly true that the Internet makes it possible for individuals throughout the world to keep in touch with each other and act in concert. But authors Dillard and Hennard are more than a little optimistic about the results. The model...
Wear Your Own Power Source: Plastic Solar Cells Are Flexible, Lightweight, and Portable. (Technology)
Soon you could be wearing your own miniature energy source for or powering small personal radios or computers. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found a way to make flexible plastic solar cells that could potentially provide...
What We Lose with Species Loss. (Books in Brief)
The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson. Alfred A. Knopf, www.aaknopf.com. 2002. 229 pages. $22. (Order online from www.wfs.org/specials.htm.) Harvard entomologist Edward O. Wilson examines the interaction between humans and other species, in...
WorldView 2002: Futures Unlimited!
The Annual Conference of the World Future Society July 20-22, 2002 Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Plus: Professional Members' Forum July 23, 2002 World View 2002: Futures Unlimited! is less than a month away! Register...
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