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Outlook 2015 Top Trends and Forecasts for the Decade Ahead
Computers will know exactly what you mean and when you’re lying. They’ll accelerate economic growth but take over many jobs—in fact, 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030. Get ready to invent your own job. These are just a few of the most thought-provoking trends and forecasts explored in the past year in THE FUTURIST magazine. Outlook 2015 was originally published in the November-December 2014 issue.
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Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future
A special report by members and friends of the World Future Society
Futures studies is both a discipline and a meta-discipline, a set of skills that can be learned and applied in remarkably diverse ways. And it is a dynamic way of understanding the world and the forces transforming it. This special report comprises essays from more than 30 futurists who have experienced futures education at any level, either as a teacher or a learner, or even through self-learning. Futures Education originally appeared in the September-October 2014 issue of THE FUTURIST.
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Species long extinct may one day be revived. Doctors will detect signs of brain disorders many years before symptoms emerge. And consumers will give up owning stuff in order to lighten the loads of their lifestyles. These are just a few of the most thought-provoking possibilities and ideas published in THE FUTURIST magazine in 2013. Outlook 2014 was originally published in the November-December 2013 issue.
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Top 10 Disappearing Futures
A special report by members and friends of the World Future Society.
Smartphones may have a more limited future than you think (or hope) today. And the stores we buy them in could also disappear by 2030. Doctors and schools could go, too. But so might intolerance, insecurity, and other problems, according to contributors to this special “crowdsourced” report. Contributors include Paul Saffo, Thomas Frey, William E. Halal, Brenda Cooper, John M. Smart, Cynthia G. Wagner, and more.
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The 22nd Century at First Light: Envisioning Life in the Year 2100
A child born in 2012 will only be 88 years old in the year 2100. During this child’s lifetime, technology, the environment, and civilization itself may change radically. THE FUTURIST editors invited WFS members and friends to submit forecasts, scenarios, wild cards, dreams, and nightmares. This 22-page report features contributions from Paul Saffo, David Brin, Brenda Cooper, Michael Marien, and Denmark’s House of Futures, among two dozen other futurists. “The 22nd Century at First Light” was originally published in the September-October 2012 issue of THE FUTURIST.
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Human actions could become more accurately predictable, thanks to neuroscience. Nano-sized robots will deliver cancer-fighting drugs directly to their targets. And though many recently lost jobs may never come back, people will find plenty of work to do (and get paid for) in the future. These are just a few of the forecasts in the latest edition of the World Future Society’s annual Outlook report, in which the editors have selected the most thought-provoking forecasts and ideas appearing in THE FUTURIST in 2012. Outlook 2013 was originally published in the November-December 2012 issue.
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52 Trends Shaping Tomorrow's World
by Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies. WFS. 2010. 32 pages.
The world's population will double within the next four decades. Important medical advances will continue to appear almost daily. The global economy is growing more integrated. Future seniors will be healthier and wealthier. And water shortages will plague much of the world. These are among the 52 key trends that will change our world over the next two decades. Veteran forecaster Marvin J. Cetron has teamed with science writer Owen Davies for the latest update of their ongoing study four decades in the making. Among the major trends added for this new edition are the rise of militant Islam and the evaporation of privacy. This special publication of the World Future Society is excerpted in the May-June and July-August 2010 issues of THE FUTURIST.
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Technology's Promise: Highlights from the TechCast Project
The Hydrogen Economy will seriously begin to supersede the Oil Economy by about 2020. The portability, power, and connectivity of media devices will make entertainment-on-demand a force to be reckoned with among mass-entertainment providers. Space tourism is on the verge of “a golden age,” as short, suborbital flights become more affordable--and whet the public's appetite for longer adventures. These and other forecasts appear in “Technology's Promise: Highlights from the TechCast Project” by George Washington University science and innovation professor William E. Halal. The ongoing TechCast Project pools the insights of 100 high-tech executives, scientists, engineers, academics, consultants, futurists, and other leading experts around the world to outline how the technology revolution is poised to transform life over the next 20 to 30 years. Technology's Promise is a 10-page report originally published in the November-December 2006 issue of THE FUTURIST.
Technology's Promise One copy, $5 (Members, $4.50); 2-9 copies, $4 each (Members, $3.60); 10-99 copies, $3 each (Members, $2.70); 100+ copies, $2 each (Members, $1.80).
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In the next 10 to 30 years, society will have to learn to deal with “peak everything”—an epoch of critical scarcities of a broad range of resources. Unexpected sources of expertise—such as physicists advising us about the economy—will guide us through hard times. And genetic tampering with crops will gain more acceptance if it solves critical environmental and resource problems, such as resistance to climate change and reducing the release of carbon into the atmosphere. These are just a few of the forecasts in the latest edition of the World Future Society’s annual Outlook report, in which the editors have selected the most thought-provoking forecasts and ideas appearing in THE FUTURIST over the past year.
Outlook 2011: 1 copy: $5 ($4.50 Members). 2-9 copies: $4 each ($3.60 Members). 10-99 copies: $3 each (Members, $2.70). 100+ copies: $2 each ($1.80 Members).
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Democracy in the 21st Century: Forward or Backward?
A “mini-guide” from Future Survey editor Dr. Michael Marien, Democracy in the 21st Century assembles 85 recent abstracts on general trends related to democracy worldwide, the struggling “new democracies,” arguments for strengthening U.S. democracy, elections and voting in the U.S., problems with American media and education, promises of e-democracy, global governance issues, and democratic idealisms. 36 pages. $15 ($13.50 members)
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Security and Peace in the 21st Century: Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism and Other Threats
A “mini-guide” from Future Survey editor Dr. Michael Marien, features 72 abstracts from recent issues of Future Survey, highlights 20 best books and articles in five categories, offers a full-page synthesis of key ideas, adds 36 brief “Hindsight” abstracts from the 1977-1990 period, and provides subject, short title, and author indexes. All of this is brought together in a unique and handy guide that can be easily surveyed in a couple of hours. 36 pages. $15 ($13.50 members)
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A Timeline for Technology: To the Year 2030 and Beyond
by Ian Pearson and Ian Neild
What's ahead in technology, and what will it mean? This new timeline offers a glimpse of likely developments--and of how they may change our lives: Species brought back from extinction. Immersive virtual-reality shopping booths. Robotic dance tutors. Holographic television. Production, storage, and use of antimatter. These and other fascinating potential breakthroughs pave the technological road before us. This 8-page full-color report was originally published in the March-April 2006 issue of THE FUTURIST.
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The insights of top workplace futurists were solicited for three articles in a special section of THE FUTURIST:
Richard Samson describes the skills needed for working in the new economy. (“Hyperjobs: The New Higher-Level Work and How to Grow Into It”)
John Challenger shows how jobs will change in corporate settings. (“Working in the Future: How Today's Trends Are Shaping Tomorrow's Jobs”)
And Joyce Gioia and Roger Herman focus on how we can prepare ourselves today for tomorrow's jobs. (“Career Planning for the 21st Century”)
Originally published in the November-December 2005 FUTURIST, these three articles are now available as a 15-page special report. Future Careers: One copy, $5 (Members, $4.50)
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The Art of Foresight: Preparing for a Changing World Updated!
Foresight is the secret ingredient of success, because without it we cannot prepare for the future or create the future we desire. But in an age of hyperchange, developing foresight and seeing our way to the future is harder and harder. Foresight techniques (such as trend analysis, scanning, scenario analysis, and more) are described, and a sample trend analysis (focusing on the growing population of elderly) shows foresight in action. This 8-page report from the World Future Society, originally published in the May-June 2004 issue of THE FUTURIST and updated for 2006, offers guidance for honing the foresight you'll need to find opportunities and avoid crises.
Art of Foresight: 1 copy: $4 ($3.60 Members). 2-9 copies: $3 each ($2.70 Members). 10-99 copies: $2 each ($1.80 Members). 100+ copies: $1.50 each ($1.35 Members).
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