Welcome to Outlook, the World Future Society’s annual roundup of thought-provoking forecasts, trends, and ideas. These brief items are drawn from articles and news stories originally appearing in THE FUTURIST.
The forecasts should not be interpreted as “predictions” of what the future will be like, but rather as glimpses of what may happen or proposals for what should happen. They are intended to provoke thought and inspire action. However, the opinions and ideas presented here are those of the authors or sources cited and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the World Future Society.
For more information about any of these forecasts, please refer to the original articles cited. — THE EDITORS
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June 28, 2015 - In his latest email blast Peter Diamandis talks about four revolutions in transportation that he expects will take place within this decade.
June 27, 2015 - One of my readers constantly points out when I write about climate change that atmospheric carbon isn't the problem. Instead it is the continuing hockey stick graph of human population growth which closely resembles the rise in CO2.
June 26, 2015 - National governments today have a lot of balls in the air.
June 25, 2015 - For future astronauts on Deep Space missions, a technology developed at University of California, could prove the difference between life and death.
June 24, 2015 - One of the knocks against hydrogen fuel cells comes from the way we create hydrogen by burning natural gas. The process is energy intensive and a carbon polluter.
June 24, 2015 - When I was a child I didn't know anyone with a peanut allergy. At school peanut butter and jam sandwiches were standard fare for lunches. But something happened over the 60 years since my kindergarten days.
June 23, 2015 - Look at this benign appearing insect in the image below, no bigger than a grain of rice. It is Empoasca Fabae, otherwise known as the potato leafhopper and it is a voracious consumer of potatoes, green beans, soybean, rhubarb, alfalfa and other crops.