Contact: Patrick Tucker
Director of Communications
The World Future Society
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LATEST ISSUE OF THE FUTURIST
LOOKS AT THE WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW AND AT HOW LIVING LONGER WILL CHANGE OUR LIVES. PLUS:
FORECASTS FOR 2006 AND BEYOND
BETHESDA, MARYLAND Medical breakthroughs in the coming
years promise to push the human life span past 125. As a result, our approach to
everything from how we retire to whom we retire with will change. Companies on the cutting
edge of the "immortality industry" stand to make tremendous profits. But does
living forever have a downside? Management professor and Expansionary Institute executive
director Michael G. Zey offers his assessment on the Superlongevity Revolution in the
latest issue of THE FUTURIST, on newsstands now!
Also in the November-December issue:
Working in the Future: How Todays Trends Are Shaping
If you thought you knew what you were going to be doing for the rest of your
life, think again. In the labor market of tomorrow, one theme prevails -- if it can be
done by a robot, it will be. The key to remaining employable in the twenty-first century,
according to Richard Samson, will be to hone such skills as creativity, discovery, and
influence, those hyper-human qualities that make us unique--and non-automateable. Samson
is joined by labor experts John Challenger, Joyce Gioia, and Roger Herman who look at the
job titles of tomorrow. be prepared to add eco-relations manager, outsourcing coordinator,
or sky-car mechanic to your resume.
As part of its efforts to inspire, encourage, and lead an international dialogue on the
future, the World Future Society has released a 12-page report forecasting the major
global developments for the coming year and beyond. The report examines the key trends in
technology, the environment, the economy, and many other areas in order to paint a full
and credible portrait of our likely future. Among the most significant findings:
- Nanotechnology will be used for everything from monitoring the health of
soldiers in the battlefield to transforming waste into edible material.
- Current and potential wind and tidal power will grow considerably in the
next five years.
- More doctors and hospitals will care for patients by using wireless
technologies such as wearable computers and mattresses embedded with sensors.
- Urban heat waves will get hotter and last longer.
- The open-source phenomenon will transform employment as radically as
blogging has changed the fields of media and journalism.
Plus dozens more forecasts.
"Economic, digital, and cultural globalization will accelerate in
the years ahead, as will the perils and possibilities of our new interconnected age.
Humankinds ability to analyze tends, draw credible forecasts, and plan for our own
future has never been more important than it is today. With that in mind, we are pleased
to offer this report to the public," said Patrick Tucker, assistant editor of THE
FUTURIST and director of communications for the World Future Society.
THE FUTURIST, published bimonthly, highlights forecasts, trends, and ideas about the
future by experts and trend-watchers around the world. Regular features include world
trends and forecasts in technology, society, economics, government, demography, and the
Pick up the November-December 2005 issue of THE FUTURIST for
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Suite 450, Bethesda, MD 20814. Order online at https://www.wfs.org/futuristorder.htm.
EDITORS: For more information or to request a review copy, contact the
World Future Society at 301-656-8274; fax 301-951-0394.