In the January-February 2013 (Vol. 47, No. 1) Issue of THE FUTURIST

Articles

Food, Fuel, and the Global Land Grab

By Lester R. Brown

Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies. The result may be further economic disparities and even “food wars.”

Building the Global Innovation Economy

By kickstarting innovation around the world, pressing economic challenges could be solved in ways that benefit both individual nations and the world as a whole. Obstacles to overcome include outdated and unfair policies, special-interest pandering, and fear of the future.

Crime in the Year 2030

By Gene Stephens

Emerging technologies have always had effects on criminal activity as well as on crime detection and prevention. A futurist specializing in criminal justice assesses his previous predictions about crime in the year 2000 and looks ahead to potential outcomes in the decades ahead.

Eldering: Aging with Resilience

By James H. Lee

As populations grow older in developed countries, societies are meeting the challenges of aging with newfound resilience. By tapping the maturity and improved vitality of their seniors, families may grow stronger, economies more sustainable, and nations more peaceful.

The Coming of Intelligent Green Vehicles

A Report from the TechCast Project

By Laura B. Huhn, Kenneth W. Harris, and Dexter Snyder

While many people simply want to get from A to B, transportation options (and especially automobiles) have to meet a variety of consumer demands: They must be clean, affordable, safe, and increasingly intelligent. Here is an overview of the choices and challenges for carmakers and consumers over the next 10 to 15 years.

Science and a New Kind of Prediction: An Interview with Stephen Wolfram

Interview by Patrick Tucker

Better living through data? When a pioneer of data collection and organization turned his analytical tools on himself, he revealed the complexity of automating human judgment and the difficulty of predicting just what is predictable.

Book Reviews

2012 State of the Future

The Millennium Project calls for global action on challenges that touch every country.

The Future of Futures

Futures work is on the verge of a “profound transition,” according to Andrew Curry, futurist with the London-based Futures Company, and 14 contributors from consulting firms and research institutes based across the planet.

Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

In Future Perfect, bestselling author Steven Johnson (Everything Bad Is Good for You) declares himself a member of the new revolutionary party, the peer progressives.

2050 - Tomorrow's Tourism (Aspects of Tourism)

Vacationing in a climate-changed and AI-driven world will be very different, writes Victoria University futurologist Ian Yeoman.

Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st-Century Peace Ambassador

The world’s peace movements are undergoing a transition, according to James O’Dea, retired Amnesty International director. Whereas they once focused on simply opposing wars, peace organizations are now striving to actively build new social systems that embody justice and nonviolence.

Departments

Tomorrow in Brief

  • Liberal Arts Colleges Are Disappearing
  • WordBuzz: Narbs
  • Progress toward Nano Self-Construction
  • Radiation Shields for Space Workers
  • Underwater Navigation Modeled on Fish

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