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.
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.
From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Richard Watson is an internationally renowned author, speaker, futurist and scenario planner who is best known for his book Future Files and for his graphic representations of future trends. Richard is the founder of www.nowandnext.com a website that publishes the quarterly 'What's Next' report, a monthly newsletter and a daily blog. He is a regular on the conference circuit worldwide and recent speaking clients have included London Business School, Shell and IBM.