The Most Popular Stories from THE FUTURIST magazine in 2012

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From the editors of THE FUTURIST magazine, here are the most popular articles, stories, and blog posts we were honored to bring to you this year. We couldn't do it without our members and the generous support of people like you.


Outlook 2013

Human actions could become more accurately predictable, thanks to neuroscience. Nano-sized robots will deliver cancer-fighting drugs directly to their targets. And though many recently lost jobs may never come back, people will find plenty to do (and get paid for) in the future. These are just a few of the forecasts you’ll find in this latest edition of Outlook. Read more.

Dream, Design, Develop, Deliver: From Great Ideas to Better Outcomes

By Rick Docksai

A better future doesn’t happen on its own. We create it with our ideas, plans, and actions. In July, hundreds of futurists from around the world took the opportunity todream, design, develop, and deliver  the future together at WorldFuture 2012. Read more.

The 22nd Century at First Light: Envisioning Life in the Year 2100

A child born today will only be 88 years old in the year 2100. It’s time to start thinking and caring about the twenty-second century. THE FUTURIST invited WFS members and friends such as Paul Saffo, David Brin, and Brenda Cooper to share. They sent in forecasts, scenarios, wild cards, dreams, and nightmares about the earth, humanity, governance, commerce, science and technology, and more. Here are their stories. Read more

The Abundance Builders

By Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

 Progress occurs when inventive people solve problems and create opportunities. Here, Peter Diamandis and best-selling science writer Steven Kotler present just a few of the breakthroughs that offer the brightest prospects for a future that leaves austerity and deprivation behind. Read more.

The Secret Life of Data In the Year 2020

By Brian David Johnson

Author Brian David Johnson, a futurist for Intel, shows how geotags, sensor outputs, and big data are changing the future. He argues that we need a better understanding of our relationship with the data we produce in order to build the future we want. Read more.

The Individual in a Networked World: Two Scenarios

By Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman

Collaborative agent bots? A walled world under constant surveillance? Two information technology experts parse the future of human–network interaction.Read more.

From Smart House to Networked Home

By Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth

Two foresight specialists describe how tomorrow’s integrated, networked, and aware home systems may change your family life. Read more.

A Thousand Years Young

By Aubrey de Grey

An "anti-aging activist" identifies the medical and biochemical advances that could eventually eliminate all the wear and tear that our bodies and minds suffer as we grow old. Those who undergo continuous repair treatments could live for millennia, remain healthy throughout, and never fear dying of old age. Read more.

Engineering the Future of Food

By Josh Schonwald

Tomorrow's genetically modified food and farmed fish will be more sustainable and far healthier than much of what we eat today—if we can overcome our fears and embrace it. Here's how one foodie learned to stop worrying and love "Frankenfood."Read more.

Thriving in the Automated Economy

By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Two management experts show why labor's race against automation will only be won if we partner with our machines. They advise government regulators not to stand in the way of human–machine innovation. Read more.

Rethinking “Return on Investment”: What We Really Need to Invest In

By Timothy Mack

Innovation means more than inventing new products for the world's growing populations to consume. Innovation also means solving the problems created by consumption. By investing in sustainable innovation and creativity now, we will enhance our future returns. Read more.

The Best Predictions of 2011

By the editors

Drawing from a variety of sources throughout the past year, the editors of THE FUTURIST take a look at some of the best predictions for the world’s future. Read More.

This is just a small sampling of the MANY stories we published in 2012.

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2012 Standouts from THE FUTURIST magazine blog

THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond

By the editors

Eight Shocking Quotes from 2012 that will Redefine Our Future

By Thomas Frey

When is the last time you heard a statement that caused you to stop dead in your tracks? Here are the eight statements I've judged to be trend-setters for 2013 and beyond.Read more.

The Future of Human Enhancement

By David Wood

Is it ethical to put money and resources into trying to develop technological enhancements for human capabilities, when there are so many alternative well-tested mechanisms available to address pressing problems such as social injustice, poverty, poor sanitation, and endemic disease? Read more.

World Technology Summit and Awards 2012

By Gray Scott

Shock-testing the Black Swan Theory

By Michael Lee

Are Today’s Students ‘Academically Prepared’ but not ‘Marketplace Ready’?

By Erica Orange

As twenty-somethings return back from their summer vacations and hit the job pavement looking for work, many more are finding that their hard-won diplomas no longer guarantee immediate employment.Read more.

Seven Themes for the Coming Decade

By James Lee

No More Car Crashes by 2020?

By Innovaro Research and Insights

It's Not That Bad: Why Our Global Future is Better Than it Appears

By Arnold Brown

In the late 18th century, a series of stunning events – including the American and French Revolutions and the onset of the Industrial Age – cracked the existing world order wide open. Read more

The Future of U.S. Health Care, A FUTURIST Magazine Primer

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The Future Olympic Games

By Richard Yonck

What happens when we reach the natural limits of human ability? What happens when the last record has been broken? Read more.

Medicine in Miniature

By Rick Docksai

Point-of-care tests (POCTs)—portable devices that can diagnose patients on-site for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, heart disease, and many other illnesses will reshape developing world medicine in the next decade. Read more.

Radical Futurism for Newbies: A Brief Reading List

By Ben Goertzel

If Great Corporations Could Lead: How to Unite Left and Right and Save the World

By William Halal

Why is the USA Slipping Behind in Life Expectancy?

Hank Pellisier

Prodigious wealth and scientific achievement isn’t keeping Americans around very long. Quite the opposite.  Read more.

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