- Edward Cornish: Founding Editor
- Cynthia G. Wagner: Editor
- Patrick Tucker: Editor-at-Large
- Keturah Hetrick: Staff Editor
- Lisa Mathias: Art Director
THE FUTURIST is a bimonthly magazine published since 1967 by the World Future Society.
Edited by Cynthia G. Wagner and founded by Edward Cornish, former president of the World Future Society, THE FUTURIST explores the technological, scientific, environmental, social, and policy trends shaping our collective future. The magazine takes no stand on what the future will or should be like. We strive to serve as a neutral clearinghouse of ideas.
Each issue contains feature articles written by outstanding experts in a wide range of fields: consumer technology, business, creativity, education, economics, environment and resources, values, and more. In addition, several departments offer shorter news briefs, book reviews, and other items of interest from a variety of sources.
Among the many influential futurists and experts who have contributed to THE FUTURIST are: Gene Roddenberry, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore, Alvin and Heidi Toffler, Buckminster Fuller, Frederik Pohl, Isaac Asimov, Hazel Henderson, Robert McNamara, B.F. Skinner, Nicholas Negroponte, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Kurzweil, David Walker, Edward N. Luttwak, Clay Shirky, Phillip Zimbardo, Lewis Lapham, Douglas Rushkoff, William J. Mitchell, and James Woolsey.
A one-year subscription is included with basic membership for $79. Subscriptions for libraries or other institutions are $89 per year. Payment may be made by check or money order in U.S. currency or by credit card. No additional charge is made for overseas surface postage; for airmail delivery anywhere in the world, add $25 per year per publication. For orders to be delivered in the state of Maryland, add a 6% sales tax. Join today!Nominated for the 2007 Utne Independent Press Award for Best Science and Tech Coverage.
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August 29, 2014 - It is an inspiration to see the technological marvels that have gotten us to where we are today. And a great place to see this is Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
While away on vacation, I read about LiftPort Group, a Kickstarter-funded space elevator project that received over $110,000 U.S. from more than 3,400 backers. The company, located in Tacoma, Washington, originally sought $8,000, so one would think this was largely fantasy, but with the amount of money that has come in it would seem it owes its investors something more than one it has delivered to-date.
Today, many voice long-familiar concerns about technological unemployment, where computers, robots, and machines are automating our jobs out of existence. In fact, some have gone so far as to call this the “robot jobs Armageddon.” So is this time truly different? Here are six overarching shifts in the world that are causing many to say, “Yes, this time may really be different!”
Self driving cars, 3D printing, robotics, these are just a few of the major technologies that are likely to bring massive disruptions in about every aspect of life. What do we eat? What would our work be like in the future? How do we travel? Where does our energy come from? The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure, the primary strategic advisory board for the Dutch government and parliament in matters relating to the physical environment and infrastructure, has initiated a foresight study to stimulate the public debate about the impact of disruptive technologies. It is not a traditional research project, but includes future imagery, crowd sourcing and technology assessment.
What is harder than finding the right answers? Asking the right questions.
In Zen Buddhism, a koan is a short story or question that is simply worth meditating on. There might not necessarily be a single good answer, but the process of contemplating the question itself is a worthwhile pursuit that may lead to sudden insights or enlightenment.
About a dozen years ago, we asked members of the World Future Society what they thought was the most valuable return for investing in the serious study of trends. We included a summary of their responses in our special report, The Future: An Owner's Manual (September-October 2002, adapted from March-April 2002 FUTURIST). The reasons are still apt today:
Who has better stories to tell than retired CIA officers who were not able to speak before? After over three decades in the CIA, Jack Devine, currently working in corporate intelligence with The Arkin Group (TAG), is now able to share his experiences and wisdom with the public.
Do you control your screens or do they control you? In tomorrow’s digital world you’ll decide what’s on your screens. With a personal paywall you will be paid for your attention. You’ll be able to sell your mind as often as you like.