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Sept-Oct 2007
Volume 41, No. 5

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A magazine of forecasts, trends, and ideas about the future.

ABOUT THIS ISSUE
By Cynthia G. Wagner,
Managing Editor

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Tomorrow in Brief
Catching Getaway Cars
Hydrogen Power On Demand
Music-Making for the Disabled
Laser Surveillance
Dissolving Clothes

Feedback

Consultants and Services

Worst-Case Scenario: The Middle East 
By Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies
Current trends indicate that a Middle Eastern war might last for decades. Here is an overview of the most critical potential impacts.

Plus:
War Is a No-Win Scenario
By James Forest
No Security Without Understanding
By Ziauddin Sardar


"Not with a Bang":

Civilizati
on's
Accelerating
Challenge

By Arnold Brown
Information overload and incompetence are among the side effects of increasing technological and societal complexity.

Anticipations: The Remarkable Forecasts of H.G. Wells
By Paul Crabtree
In 1901 H.G. Wells looked to the century ahead and predicted suburbia, flying machines, American superpower status, and moving sidewalks. But he had a few misses, too.

 

Cover Story
Thinking about the Arctic's Future: Scenarios for 2040
By Lawson W. Brigham
The warming of the Arctic could mean more circumpolar transportation and access for rest of the world-but also an increased likelihood of overexploited natural resources and a surge of environmental refugees.

 

Adventures in Organization Building: Adding Star Power to Futuring
By Edward Cornish

Isaac Asimov, Margaret Mead, and Gerald Ford were among the luminaries recruited for various meetings and programs that were launched to help the struggling young World Future Society meet ever more pressing challenges, recounts the founding president in the fifth installment of his memoirs.

Visions
Smart Fashion:

By Patrick Tucker
The digitally enhanced wardrobe arrives.

The Futurist Bookshelf

The Artificial Mind and the Posthuman Future
By Patrick Tucker

Book Review Archive

Environment
Restoring Mother Nature's Capital
Great Plains Grasslands At Risk

Government
Germany to Build a Chinatown

Society
Japan's Approach to Aging and Dying

 

Demography
World Population Forecast Rises

Technology
Finding Invisibility

Economics
How to Buy Happiness
Valuing a Company's Innovators

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