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					OUTLOOK 2010      Recent forecasts from World Future Society for the decade ahead
                                                                   ILEXX / DIANNA TONEY / KTSIMAGE / SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI / LUIS M. MOLINA / RAFAL ZDEB / TOM BONATTI / ISTOCKPHOTO




   INTRODUCTION
       New energy sources to get us past peak oil will in-
   clude algae, ammonia, compressed air, seawater, and gar-
   bage. We’ll no longer buy the same old stuff off the
   shelves, but rather download unique designs and then
   “print” our own stuff. When we get tired of other
   people’s designs, we’ll automatically invent our own.
   And our connection to technology will become so inti-
   mate that we’ll get a cell phone alert whenever love may
   be in the air.
       Welcome to 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.
   These forecasts are not “predictions” of what the future
   will be like, but rather glimpses of what may happen or
   proposals for futures that we could aspire to. Use these
   forecasts to inspire your own thinking about tomorrow
   and its myriad prospects.
       The opinions and ideas expressed here are those of
   their authors or sources cited and do not necessarily
   represent the views of the World Future Society. For more
   information, please refer to the original articles cited. Back
   issues of THE FUTURIST, as well as additional copies of
   this Outlook report, may be purchased using the coupon
   in this report or online at www.wfs.org/backiss.htm.
       As always, your feedback is welcome. Please e-mail
   your comments to letters@wfs.org.
                                                  THE EDITORS




INSIDE OUTLOOK
Business and Economics .............. 2                Information Society ........................ 6                  OUTLOOK EXTRAS:
Energy ........................................... 2   Lifestyles and Values ..................... 7                   ◆ Extreme Measures for the
                                                                                                                         Environment ............................. 3
Environment and Resources ......... 3                  Science and Technology................ 8
                                                                                                                       ◆ Wild Cards ................................ 5
Government ................................... 4       Work and Careers ......................... 8                    ◆ Algae Futures ........................... 7
Habitats ......................................... 4   World Affairs .................................. 9              ◆ Jobs for Tomorrow .................... 9
Health and Medicine ...................... 5


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OUTLOOK 2010
  BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS                                       ENERGY
  l	 Future workers will                                       l	 Ammonia may become
  earn the same any-                                           the fuel of choice for
  where in the world.                                          cars by 2020. As a candi-
  Companies will likely                                        date source for hydrogen
  cast broader nets in hir-                                    used in fuel cells, ammonia
  ing. European firms, for                                     (comprising one nitrogen
  instance, are increas-                                       and three hydrogen atoms)
  ingly strained to find                                       is plentiful, easier to liq-          BEN MILLS / FORESIGHT INSTITUTE

  qualified job applicants,                                    uefy than methane, and emits nitrogen rather than car-
  according to Karlheinz                                       bon, thus having fewer negative impacts on the cli-
  Steinmueller, scientific                      PHOTODISC      mate. — J. Storrs Hall, “Ammonia, the Fuel of the Future,”
  director of Z_punkt Gmbh, The Foresight Company. So          Sep-Oct 2009, p. 10
  a worker would earn the same money in Australia,
  Sweden, and Japan, Steinmueller believes. — “Seeing the      l	 Engines running on compressed air may cut en-
  Future Through New Eyes,” Nov-Dec 2008, p. 56                ergy costs. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories
                                                               say that compressed air energy storage facilities (CAES)
  l	 Medical tourism could be a boon for global health         could help relieve the world’s energy woes. The air
  care, already a $40-billion business with 780 million        would be driven into the underground geological for-
  patients. Michael Zey, author of Ageless Nation, says        mations during low-demand times. Several U.S. utiliti
				
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Description: The World Future Society's roundup of thought-provoking forecasts and ideas from the past year are discussed. The forecasts are not "predictions" of what the future will be like, but rather glimpses of what may happen or proposals for futures that people could aspire to. These areas include: 1. business and economics, 2. energy, 3. environment and resources, 4. government, 5. habitats, 6. health and medicine, 7. information society, 8. lifestyles and values, 9. science and technology, 10. work and careers, and 11. world affairs.
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