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. 48, No. 1, January-February

Are You the Next CEO of the World Future Society?
The World Future Society ignites the exchange of ideas about the future and offers members an opportunity to connect with others to create better futures for themselves and for the world. The Society has served this purpose since its founding on October...
Best Predictions of the Year: Proceed with Caution
In the last issue of THE FUTURIST, the annual Outlook report offered a roundup of the year's best forecasts appearing in our magazine. In this issue, we see what nonfuturists had to say about the future during 2013. Many people who define their...
Causal Layered Analysis Defined
Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) is a theory of knowledge and a methodology for creating more-effective policies and strategies. Since its invention in the late 1980s, it has been used successfully with governments, corporations, international think tanks,...
Chemical Fingerprints of Alien Life: Distant Planets' Atmospheres May Give Us a Glimpse at Life Contained Within
Astronomers have long searched for conclusive evidence of life beyond Earth's atmosphere. Research presented at the 2013 European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) may lead us one step closer to answering the question, "Are we alone in the universe?"...
Exoskeleton Technology Will One Day Help Soldiers to Carry More and the Disabled to Walk, but First It Needs to Break out of the Garage
How much would you pay for the opportunity to stand two feet taller and reach out with an iron grip? In a small garage outside of Chiba, Japan, engineers are looking to sell you the experience for Y12.5 million (about $127,700). Sagawa Electronics...
Global Scenarios, and How to Envision the Future
Futurevision: Scenarios for the World in 2040 by Richard Watson and Oliver Freeman. Scribe. 2013. 330 pages. $29.95. Life on Earth is increasingly volatile and change-prone, and anxiety abounds worldwide over where humanity is heading, note Richard...
Grasses for a Greener World: Lawns and Fields Are Costly for Communities to Maintain, but Researchers Are Developing Alternatives
The grass isn't always greener, as towns and cities across the globe are learning. Lawns and parks are under growing strain from a changing climate and increasing populations, resulting in dry spells, heat waves, surging foot traffic, and a range of...
Modeling Green Economics: A Finnish Researcher Offers a New Tool for Assessing Environmental Impacts of Businesses Practices
Some critics have argued that you can't protect the environment without hurting the most profitable sectors of the economy. New research suggests, however, that the sectors with the worst effects on the planet don't contribute as much to economic growth...
Planning among the Primates: Humans Aren't the Only Ones Who Make Future Plans-And Share Them with Others
We have long assumed that animals have no awareness or understanding of the future, or that their awareness is unsophisticated. Their future-directed actions may simply be responses to present needs, such as thirst. But new research from the University...
Privacy and the Surveillance Explosion: As Surveillance Technologies Become More Ubiquitous, Are We Using Them for Good or for Evil? the Answer Is Yes. the President of the World Future Society Offers an Overview of Who Is Watching Us and Why
It has long been a cliche that evolving technologies drive social change. In part, this process is energized by expanded capabilities for responding to a perceived problem or need. But the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, also certainly qualify...
Putting Machine Testing to the Test: Next-Generation Educational Standards Meet Next-Generation Scoring Methods, but with Controversy
The goal of raising academic achievement in the United States has led to a number of remedies, ranging from the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) to the Common Core State Standards (2010). This has meant not only more testing, but also more-complex testing...
Speaking of a Better World
22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa. New York University Press. 2013. 466 pages. $27.95. Steep economic, political, and ecological challenges grip the world, and...
The Best Predictions of 2013: Forecasting the Future Is Not the Exclusive Domain of Futurists, So We Looked at What Experts in a Wide Variety of Areas Have Had to Say in the Past Year about What Tomorrow May Bring
he end of Moore's law ... bad news for allergy sufferers ... good news for secular humanists ... and everything in the world will talk to everything else. These are just a few of the best predictions we heard in 2013. For this special report, the...
The Science of Remaking Life
Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself by Adam Rutherford. Current. 2013. 278 pages. $27.95. New industries based on molecular biology--the engineering of living cells--are poised to play leading roles in treating diseases, ending world...
Transforming Life on Earth, One Garden at a Time
Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills from the Appropriate Tech Toolkit by John Michael Greer. New Society. 2013. 234 pages. $18.95. Ecologist John Michael Greer calls for studious and conscientious...
Water Futures: An Islamic Perspective
Water has immense spiritual importance to Muslims; it is a symbol of purity and cleanliness. The progressive ideals of Islam may therefore offer alternative solutions for future water resource management. Using the futurist technique of Causal Layered...
When the Economy Transcends Humanity: What Will Our Economy, Workplaces, and Society Look like When We Can Copy Our Brains and Build Virtual Workers to Do Our Jobs? an Economist Looks at the Next Great Era, a World Dominated by Robots
What might a world full of robots as smart as humans look like? Experts in robotics and artificial intelligence have given a lot of thought to if and when such robots might appear. Most say it will happen eventually, and some say it will happen soon....
Why Some Plants Can Take the Heat: As Climate Changes, Many Plants Are Retaining More Carbon and Using Less Water
Plants appear to be ingesting greenhouse gas emissions in growing quantities, according to a new study of long-term forest and plant growth. The study finds that forests across the globe are retaining both more water and more carbon dioxide in the...
WorldFuture 2014: What If: The Annual Conference of the World Future Society * July 11-13, 2014 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek * Orlando, Florida, U.S.A
The future is not a destination. It's the end result of the actions that we take today. If we can dare to envision the widest number of potential futures, then perhaps we can plan our actions more wisely, today. In this spirit of ambitious imagineering,...
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