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March-April 2004
Volume 38, No. 2

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ABOUT THIS ISSUE
By Cynthia G. Wagner,
Managing Editor

SELECTED FORECASTS FROM THIS ISSUE!
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DEPARTMENTS ARTICLES

Tomorrow in Brief
Practical Uses for Mind Research
Talking Trash Cans
Diversity Could Protect
    Computers
Compulsive Spending the
    Younger Generation
More Women in the Boardroom

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The Arrival of the Thrivals
By Nat Irvin II
A futurist thinker and business professor writes about an emerging generation of blacks dictating a new future for themselves, free from the history of victimization and oppression.

Forecasts for Artificial Intelligence
By Bohumir Stedron
Artificial intelligence may become not only smarter, but also wiser and more independent.

The Intelligent Internet: The Promise of Smart Computers and E-Commerce
By William E. Halal
Information and communication technologies are rapidly converging to create machines that understand us, do what we tell them to, and even anticipate our needs.

Who Is Really Evil?
By Wendell Bell
We must go beyond the age-old rhetoric of projecting evil onto others to explain human actions that do harm.

FUTURE VIEW: Enhance, Or Not to Enhance
By Lane Jennings  read excerpt
Could genetically enhanced super-beings end our way of Life?

COVER STORIES: What If  . . . ?
What If You Could Be Instantly Smarter? A Thought Experiment
By Daniel Rigney read excerpt
The Pros and Cons of "smart pills."

Letters to Unborn Daughters: Exploring the Implications of Genetic Engineering
By Sarah Stephen
Impacts of enhancement.

Doctor Dolittle for Real? Raising Questions About Interspecies Communications read excerpt
By Bruce Lloyd and Susan Clayton
Real communication with animals could happen sooner than you think.

The Transformation of Marriage
By Stephen Bertman read excerpt
What if you could marry anyone--or anything?

BOOKS WORLD TRENDS & FORECASTS
Fiction and the Future: Gripes, Gibes, and Conjectures
A book review by Lane Jennings
Science fiction helps us find our place in the world of tomorrow, suggest the contributors to Envisioning the Future

The Futurist Bookshelf

Economics
Fear and Loathing in the Virtual Workforce
Global Wage Gap is Closing

Demography
The Graying of Latin America
India's Disappearing Females

Government
Water Without War
Models for Global Governance

Society
Religious Upsurge in Vietnam
Reexamining Intimacy
Saving Our Voices

Technology
Binocular Telescope Puts Heavens in Focus
Nanoguitar Is Music to Engineers' Ears
Nanotech vs. Biohazards

Environment
Saving Nature's Medicine Chest
Britain's Disappearing Birds
Modifying the Weather To combat Drought
Locating Oil Spill Sources

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