Volume 43, No. 3
A magazine of forecasts, trends, and ideas about the future.
May-June 2009 Volume 43, No. 3
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Raising Saltwater Fish Far from Oceans
Word Watch: Ecoflation
Saving South America’s Vicuña
Producing Artificial Skin, Factory-Style
Nano-sized Additive Strengthens Concrete
Consultants and Services
Wild Cards in
the January 2009 issue of Futurist Update, the World Future
Society’s free e-newsletter, we invited readers to submit their ideas of
“wild cards” that futurists need to be looking at critically right now.
This special report showcases a few of the responses.
Cards" May Reshape Our Future
By John L.
The Disappearance of Food:
The Next Global Wild Card?
By John Rockefeller
A Wild Card Sampler
By Brian Pomeroy
Are Market Economies
By Marc Blasband
Displaces Service Workers
By Steve Malerich
Sunspots and a
By Dennis Miner
Looking Toward the Future
in the Midst of Economic Uncertainty
By Martin Wolf
columnist looks at
challenges facing the global economy and how the actions of governments
could improve the situation—or worsen it.
By Bruce L.
Tow and David A. Gilliam
professional world becomes
more and more
specialized, it’s time
embrace a multidisciplinary
Your Own Island Nation
they’ve stopped making real estate? One futurist explores the ultimate
start-up: the private country.
PLUS: The Build Your Own Nation Expert Advice Center
The Case for Micronations and Artificial Islands
New Lands in the
A Mini-History of
Future: It’s Closer Than You Thought
By James M.
may soon power our homes, office buildings, automobiles, and iPods
View: Forecasts in Hindsight
By Cynthia G.
managing editor of THE
reflects on issues that
the past—and that still
Increasing Mental Fitness
Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,
School psychiatrist John
gives the majority of Americans
the 60% of the world’s
people who do not exercise enough
good health even more reason to
off their duffs and start moving.
effectively summarizes recent
research and case histories to show
exercise is good for you mentally
well as physically — a regular
exercise program can literally heal a
Review by Kenneth W. Harris
uses unconventional methods to fight extremism.
No College Student
Educators propose a new method to measure
Stalking Goes High Tech
Decommissioning plants presents a challenge.
Recession and Labor-Force Growth?
Last-Resort Solutions to Global Warming
Geoengineering the planet to stave
By Jamais Cascio
Singularity University Set to Open
Silicon Valley VIPs open school to study technology trends
Smarter Smart Phones
Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Good health, like good real-estate, is about 'l'ocation,
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