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Dilbert Future [Hardcover]

Scott Adams
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28 Oct 1998
Step aside, Bill Gates Here comes today's "real" technology guru and his totally original, laugh-out-loud "New York Times" bestseller that looks at the approaching new millennium and boldly predicts: more stupidity ahead. In "The Dilbert Principle "and "Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, "Scott Adams skewered the absurdities of the corporate world. Now he takes the next logical step, turning his keen analytical focus on how human greed, stupidity and horniness will shape the future. Featuring the same irresistible amalgam of essays and cartoons that made Adams߰revious works so singularly entertaining, this uproariously funny, dead-on-target tome offers half-truthful, half-farcical predictions that push all of today's hot buttons - from business and technology to society and government. ● Children - they are our future, so weᱥ pretty much hosed. Tip: Grab what you can while theyᱥ still too little to stop us. ● Human Potential - we'll finally learn to use the 90 percent of the brain we don't use today, and find out that there wasn't anything in that part. Computers - Technology and homeliness will combine to form a powerful type of birth control. In "The Dilbert Principle "and "Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, "Scott Adams skewered the absurdities of the corporate world. Now he takes the next logical step, turning his keen analytical focus on how human greed, stupidity and horniness will shape the future. Featuring the same irresistible amalgam of essays and cartoons that made Adams߰revious works so singularly entertaining, this uproariously
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd; New title edition (28 Oct 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 000033698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0000336989
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Take a look into Scott Adams' crystal ball and catch a glimpse of the future of technology, democracy, ageing, capitalism, marketing, jobs, relationships, and (of course) work, illustrated with the doings of Dilbert and the gang.

So what does the Dilbert future hold in store? An acronym shortage, for one thing. Since there are only 26 letters in the alphabet, all the good ones will eventually be used up--a major problem for acronym-hungry businesses. In the future, your clothes will be smarter than you. Food stains will slide off their non- stick surfaces and you'll clean your clothes by taking them outside and shaking them off. All barriers of entry will go away and confusopolies will form: groups of companies that make similar products and that intentionally confuse customers instead of competing on price. In the future, men who use computers will be (gasp) sex symbols. Finally, rest assured that the future will bear no resemblance to Star Trek, because Star Trek didn't take the stupidity and selfishness of humans into account. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two, two, two books in one 31 Dec 1997
By A Customer
This book will dissapoint anyone looking for a big belly laugh courtesy of Mr. Adams' witty insight into corporate America. In fact, I set the book aside for weeks after reading the first few chapters because it did not hold my interest.
That said, I am nonetheless glad I picked it up again. First, let me say that the publisher should have cut the first thirteen chapters of the book and marketed it as a window into the real Scott Adams. Then put it under the self-help books instead of the comedy section. Not a good move business-wise, but certainly in keeping with respecting Mr. Adams' loyal fan base. The last chapter (a synopsis of Scott's life philosophy) has, in fact, made me a fan for life. Anyone with the self confidence to put observations and experiences like the ones in this chapter, in a book purportedly about office humor, gets my vote for "Cool Person of the Year" (if there is such a thing).
This last chapter was a life changing experience. To see so many of my own thoughts on paper, written by perhaps today's most famous cartoonist was encouraging. Mr. Adams asks all the right questions without the arrogance of assuming he also has all the right answers. He even provides a how-to for manipulating the universe to your liking. No joke. Philosophy and literature snobs hold your ears - Scott Adams could be the Ralph Waldo Emerson of the 21st century. I, Tim DeMoss, will read more books like this by Scott Adams.
If you want to laugh, buy one of the Dilbert "strip" books. If you're open to looking at life in a whole new way with a renewed confidence, buy "The Dilbert Future" and skip the first thirteen chapters. Here's hoping that last chapter wasn't some prank on unsuspecting Induhviduals. Boy would my face be red.
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This is another great book by Scott Adams all about thriving on stupidity in the 21st century, or how to harness the stupidity of individuals for your own financial gain (now that's what I call a title worthy of its own TV commercial). This is why I bought the book, but so far (it is only late-2006) I've not quite cracked the technique. The book runs through some technological predictions before highlighting how the world will really get very much more complicated, and then goes on to define the future of work and the kind of jobs your children should go for and avoid. The book is full of very valuable predictions (you know - the kind that consultants get paid a fortune to tell you) such as the need to brainwash today's children to be nice to us in our old age. However Scott Adams is not Mr.Perfect and he can make the odd mistake, such as saying that "the future will not be like Star Trek" (how wrong can you get! - ok, I'm not sure about the sex with aliens, but I am sure that phasers, cyborgs, tractor beams, etc. are all there just waiting until the market cools for mobile phones). Overall he's right on most topics - our clothes will be smarter than us (its already happened with most sports personalities) and technology will become the leading cause of death (it is already - think about it! - even death by old age is technology induced these days). The chapter on the future of work is really depressing, but the author does salvage some slight glimmer of hope - prediction 41 tells us that our competitors will be just as clueless as ourselves - at least we will not be in a mess all alone. I found the chapter on the type of jobs to aim for in the future very valuable. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars If the future's like this- prepare to worry 13 April 2001
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Mr. Adams has done it again! The Dilbert Future is an excellent book, featuring strips that relate to the chapters, and interesting text on what the future will be like. Humour all the way, apart from Chapter 14, which will mess with your mind a lot. A brilliant book, for Dilbert fans, and everyone else (induhviduals) alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Funny Read 18 Jun 1999
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Adams tries to extrapolate the trends in Engineering and Management. The book starts off good, giving some very funny predictions, but about halfway through starts to tend more to the ridiculous. The best book is still the Dilbert Principle, and I would read that first before reading this. The Dilbert Future is still a great book, however, and provides hours of chuckling, and provides some great insights into our present day life by blowing them out of all proportion and projecting them 20 years into the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a "Dilbert" book 19 May 1997
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For those of you looking to laugh at the further adventures ofDilbert, this book is NOT for you! Although Dilbert is on the cover, the comedy that drives this comic strip appears only sporadically throughout the book. Instead, for an extremely high price, you are presented with Adam's sober predictions for the future, which are very, very loosely based on Dilbert. Save your money, and buy one of the other Dilbert books. This book is only for those interested in Scott Adams as a philosopher, not as a cartoonist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dilbert yet 5 Nov 1997
By A Customer
Perhaps I just identify with Adams a little too well. I think everyone feels they are surrounded by mental midgets, but Adams has managed to say that in the context of humor, thereby avoiding that better-than-thou feeling. The last chapter is different, playful and, as intended, thought provoking, but doesn't hold up to close examination. That okay, since that wasn't the point. Sometimes the walk down the blind alley helps you see a new shortcut... most of the time, though, you just get mugged :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great condition, brilliant book
I had bought this book years ago and gave it to a friend. Immediately, I regretted my generosity and wanted another copy. It has taken me this long to buy it (about 10 years). Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars How To Survive The Future
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Published on 28 May 2003 by Jeff Goldblum
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Nice one Adam how long did it take to create this masterpiece because not only my MUM likes it so does my DAD and BROTHER. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable read
The book is a great read, with some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments. It does fade toward the middle, but it redeems itself with a superb factual chapter at the end, that is really... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Scott's best work...
I was somewhat disappointed by this book. Whilst "The Dilbert Principle" was spot on target with its wry observations on business, "The Dilbert Future" tended... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your standard comic strip collection...
The Dilbert strip gets everywhere in syndication. However this book is far more than a collection of past strips (although it is that, too). Read more
Published on 12 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of other people that are stupider than you
I thought this book brought up a lot of questions that should be answered in a very seious manner. However Scott Adams brought these social idiosincrecies to life by making fun of... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is great !!!
Scott Adams does it again.
He is amazingly funny. In his book, the Dilbert future Scott Adams Predicts the future of technology, politics, Airlines & much more. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 1998
Its a must!!! A very funny book, which is sarcastic at times, but frightningly realistic...... You Will love it.
Published on 21 Feb 1998
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