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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you facts and forecasts to think about the future, 16 Mar 1999
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Good graphics illustrate the statistical data covering six key areas of future change and developments: the Future of the Earth; the Future of People; the Future of Resources; the Future of Communications, the Future of Globalisation and Into the Unknown.
The book uses full-colour maps and graphics to illustrate "the latest thinking on what the future holds for the human race". Drawing on "the most up-to-date research" from "an international team of leading analysts", Ian Pearson has assembled trends and predictions within six broad categories: people, resources, communications, globalisation, new frontiers of knowledge, and the earth itself.
Most of the book focuses on developments up to 2050, but the opening section on the Future of the Earth places short-range projections for global warming and ozone depletion alongside maps showing changes in glacier growth, continental drift, and possible future directions for the universe itself with timelines extending thousands and millions of years.
The Future of People section notes prospects for high-tech medicine, including artificial replacements for most human body parts - many available within the next 20 years - and new techniques for extending life and enhancing physical and mental abilities - starting even before birth.
Other maps project trends in lifestyle-related diseases and the global spread of superbugs - new strains of disease causing organisms that resist conventional antibiotics.
Examples of the contents are:
Spaceguard - a summary of risk factors for comets and asteroids that might collide with Earth.
Food - how different regions of the world will change by 2020 in their relative ability to feed their own populations.
Military Might - the spread of arms and new technologies of war in the next 50 years.
Space Exploration - programs already under way or planned, from the International Space Station (under construction now) to a manned landing on Mars (planned for 2010).
The World Table lists current figures and future projections of population, life expectancy, available water, number of mainline telephones, Internet connections, and size of the paid work force in 172 nations, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
At the back of the book there are commentaries on the categories, specific maps and charts, and details of the contributors and sources
This book is an attractive and entertaining volume and a powerful spur to futures thinking.
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The Atlas of the Future by Ian Pearson (Paperback - 29 July 1998)
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