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The Future: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Watson
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What will the world look like in 2020, 2030 or even 2100? How will progress in scientific research affect human life in the areas of health and lifestyle, energy and the environment, politics and conflict, space exploration and even the ultimate questions of existence? This book offers an electrifying trip through the wonders - and terrors - awaiting us over the next hundred years.

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From the Inside Flap

What will the world look like in 2020, 2050 or even 2100? Could we be starting families in our 70s or 80s? Will we find alien life in 2066? Might every tree have its own IP address? And just how far is tomorrow shaped by today? Of course no one knows with absolute certainty what the future holds, but who better to forecast what lies ahead of us than renowned futurist Richard Watson. Examining 50 of the most challenging ideas at the cutting edge of futures thinking, he shows how science, technology and our own behaviour could influence human destiny over the next century and beyond. From biofuels, mobile radiation, cyber attacks and the harvesting of our personal data to digital democracy, water wars, smart cities and a post-human society, 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: The Future is an electrifying and provocative survey of the wonders and terrors that await us and the legacy we are leaving for the next generation.

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Ubiquitous surveillance. Digital democracy. Cyber and drone warfare. Water wars. Wane of the West. Resource depletion. Beyond fossil fuels. Precision agriculture. Population change. Geo-engineering. Megacities. Local energy networks. Smart cities. User-generated medicine. Medical data mining. An internet of things. Quantum and DNA computing. Nanotechnology. Gamification. Artificial Intelligence. Personalized genomics. Regenerative medicine. Remote monitoring. Next-generation transport. Extra-legal and feral slums. Human beings version 2.0. Brain-machine interfaces. Avatar assistants. Uncanny Valley. Transhumanism. Dematerialization. Income polarization. Living alone. What (and where) is work? The pursuit of happiness. Space tourism. Solar energy from space. Moon mining. Space elevators. Alien intelligence. Mobile radiation. Biohazards and plagues. Nuclear terrorism. Volcanoes and quakes. The sixth mass extinction. The Singularity. Me or we? Mind modification. Is God back? Future shock.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WE0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Watson spends most of his time thinking. He works with various governments, corporations and nonprofit organisations on strategic foresight and scenario planning projects. He is also a regular speaker at conferences and other events worldwide. He has recently returned to the UK after 8 years living in Sydney.

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I didn't find the style of this book lived up to the big idea it propounds.
This is not helped by the fact that Kindle repagination leaves one confused as to whether, halfway down a page, what you see is a subheading or a stand-alone footnote or comment, so you end up jumping in and out of the main narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars credible crystal gazing 7 Mar. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.It firmly establishes futurology as a worthwhile field of study.I would recommend it to anyone interested in tomorrow
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By Erik209
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The book describes the future development of the current issues. However, as the author states several times, the technology is developing so fast that some of the future ideas were already going on at the time of reading. You will find out that Big brother is watching and although his CCTV cameras intend to protect, an average Brit won’t be happy about appearing on screen 300x a day. Whether the future will bring happiness is another, philosophical topic, as well as whether the robots will be able to feel happy.
Many topics focus on geopolitics and predict whether it will be possible to turn water into oil or oil will become the water of the 21st century. Universe is seen as a deposit of natural resources, a retreat for the mankind after the end of the world or the home of undiscovered civilizations.
In economy, the author Richard Watson Similar analyzes the development in the BRIC countries and in sociology people will communicate only via social networks and start dating avatars. Hopefully, they won’t merge with robots although the medical research is heading thereby. Metabolic conditions might become the plague of the future and robots will not only serve coffee, but also lead wars instead of humans.
Few chapters contain really unique ideas, but most deal with ubiquitous concepts that iterate all around the book. For example, the attempts to prolong life by technology appear in three chapters - although from a slightly different point of view. There are a few key concepts that iterate all around the book such as Artificial Intelligence, genetic engineering and organ replacement For example, the attempts to prolong life by technology appears in three chapters - although from a slightly different point of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Put down the kindle and think! 19 Jan. 2014
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This book brings together a wide range of future gazing threads; some fresh to me others not. It's a concise, if at times repetitive, read that caused me to pause and ponder who we are, where are we heading and how can we change course if we are going off the rails. The format is both a strength and weakness; short chapters swiftly cover key ideas but can also leave the inquisitive reader wanting a deeper exploration of a favoured topic. Perhaps then a springboard to other reading rather than a be all and end digest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 18 May 2014
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More political implications of the future than what the future will actually be like. Didn't really like it that much.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 10 Jan. 2014
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A brilliant summation of the ideas, people and events that have shaped the field since its inception. Delightful, inspiring, informative and educative.
3.0 out of 5 stars Was looking for an updated version of "Future Files" 16 Jun. 2014
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I picked up this book because Watson's 2010 book Future Files already seemed dated (he flat out missed how quickly tablets would catch on (finally)). This is a provocative book, but it's not really an updated version of Future Files.
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