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. 3, May-June

3-D Printing Keeps Growing
A booming sector could bring surprising new jobs. How about food and clothing architects? Manufacturers looking to cut production costs are increasingly achieving it by turning to 3-D printing, according to the market-research firm Freedonia Group....
A Call to Eco-Action beyond the Babble
State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? by the Worldwatch Institute. Island Press. 2013. 442 pages. $22 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] More recycling, more alternative energy, and reduced carbon footprints --these are good, but they...
Adventures in Personal Genomics: The Public May Demand a Right to Know Their Own Genetic Information, but Interpreting Their Medical Destinies without Professional Guidance Might Be Off-Limits
In May 2003, Francis Collins, then director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, testified before a House Subcommittee on Health and described his vision for the future of genomic medicine, as follows: While it always is somewhat risky ...
Altitude's Vertical Limit to Population Growth: Ethnic Integration on the Tibetan Plateau May Be Limited by Genetics
Politics, resources, safety, and economic opportunity (or the lack thereof) all play a role in convincing populations to migrate from one place to another. Topography may also be an important factor: New evidence from a Princeton University study suggests...
Because the Future Matters. a Special Message from the President of the World Future Society
Dear Reader, The World Future Society Needs You ... because the more complex that the future becomes, the more minds we need at work: * scanning the horizon, * scouting the opportunities and risks ahead, * envisioning inspiring possibilities,...
Becoming More Than Human
Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: The Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution by Ted Chu. Origin Press. 2014. 485 pages. $24.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Just as it took a significant evolution for life to leave the oceans and settle dry land,...
Brainstorming the Revolution
The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges by Zaid Hassan. Berrett-Koehler. 2014. 185 pages. Paperback. $19.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Project management today frequently takes the form of centralized command...
Choosing between Happiness and Meaning
Is the pursuit of happiness selfish? Will pursuit of meaning condemn us to misery? The future that most people probably want for themselves is one that is both happy and meaningful. But life isn't always that simple, and the experiences of happiness...
End of the Earth's Oceans? A Billion Years from Now, Solar Radiation Will Have Set the Earth's Oceans Aboil
Imagine a map of the Earth in the future. Depending on how far in the future you're imagining, you might envision political boundaries redrawn after war, or major cities swallowed by rising sea levels. But if you picture a map of Earth's distant...
Euphoric, Harmless, and Affordable a Trend Analysis of Sex
A psychologist examines several technological developments affecting sex, assessing their potential to deliver safe, affordable, and fulfilling experiences, as well as the economic, social, and legal questions that they raise. Almost all of us hope...
Extending Pet Longevity: Our Companions in Sickness and in Health
Pet owners everywhere would like for their companion animals to live longer, and veterinary medicine is finally making that possible. Emerging developments in gene therapy, cancer treatments, surgery, and nutrition have the potential to give our four-legged...
Fleeing from Climate Disruption
American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival by Giles Slade. New Society. 2013. 271 pages. Paperback. $19.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Growing numbers of immigrants are crossing national borders, not in search of better jobs...
Good Robots Gone Bad: Drones Harbor No Ill-Intent, as Yet, but Terrorists and Hackers May Turn Sci-Fi Mischief into Reality
After several decades of largely being confined to the military arena, unmanned transport systems are rapidly penetrating the civil and commercial sectors. Amazon has revealed its vision of hexapod rotary package-delivery drones. Google is poised to...
Mission for Worldwide Innovation: An Interview with Eric Dyson
In order to maximize innovation, the public and the private sectors need to cooperate. In order For innovation to grow around the world, developed and developing nations need to cooperate. To meet both of these challenges is the mission of CRDF Global,...
Racism's Unexpected Tolls: Lack of Resilience against Discrimination May Be a Factor in the Aging Process
White males outlive black males by an average of about five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A new study from the University of Maryland may explain why: Internalized racism inflicts measurable biological damage on its victims,...
Robots, Al, and the Coming Paradigm Shifts
Pardon the Disruption: The Future You Never Saw Coming by Clayton Rawlings, James Randall Smith, and Rob Bencini. Wasteland Press. 2013. 272 pages. $26.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imagine a courtroom where the judge, lawyers, and jury members...
Rx Disruption: Technology Trends in Medicine and Health Care
Doctors and patients alike are navigating wave after wave of new technologies that promise to alter how we manage our health. Digital technologies also offer opportunities for doctors and patients to become better strategic partners in medical decisions....
Sniffing out the Future of Medicine
Labs on chips and low-cost genetic sequencing could vastly improve medicine in the coming decade, if we allow it. An expert in technology, science, and law argues that the next big revolution in medicine fits on a chip--and in patients' hands. Unlike...
What If? Questions Are Easy, Answers Are Hard
Renewable marriages? Three-day weekends? Predictable sporting events? As we look forward to the World Future Society's 2014 conference, the theme of "What If" has inspired us to ask some pertinent questions. World Future Society (@WorldFutureSoc):...
Where Will the Century of Biology Lead Us? A Technology Trend Analyst Offers an Overview of Synthetic Biology, Its Potential Applications, Obstacles to Its Development and Prospects for Public Approval
The quality of our future will depend on the direction society takes regarding complex issues such as health care, sustainability, the economy, and national security. Successful resolutions to these complex issues will to some extent depend on the...
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