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The Economist: Megachange: The world in 2050
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This anthology's essays forecast future developments in areas from social media to religion. Daniel Franklin, executive editor and business affairs editor of The Economist, and John Andrews, a writer for the magazine for 30 years, compiled and edited this volume. Since all 20 writers contribute to The Economist, they share a lucid style and a generally aligned conceptual framework. No one can promise accurate predictions, but these reporters share deeply informed insights about forces that will affect the world by 2050. The result is a useful, intriguing mosaic of the near future. The writers clearly explain complex concepts as their shared references let one essay build synergistically on the next. Readers who already know the contents of one essay will turn the page to remark on how startling the next one is. getAbstract recommends this collection to futurists, long-term planners, and readers interested in social analysis and forecasting.
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on 1 June 2013
The Economist missed a chance to reveal true insights about how the various changes that its authors are describing will impact society and the economy over the coming 40 years. The book is a collection of essays that are mostly written in a descriptive rather than analytical tone (there are some positive exceptions). The sections on population, geopolitics, and the economy provide some interesting statistics. But the section dealing with science and technology is a low-key affair. Most surprisingly, no comprehensive attempt is made to connect the various subjects that are written about to paint clearer "what-if" scenarios.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
There are two things we can say for certain about the future: it will be different, and it will surprise. This fabulous book provides a glimpse of just how different and surprising that future may be. It also manages to succeed by balancing rigorous, intelligent thinking with an easy, accessible style - an approach to writing that will hopefully become more common in the years to 2050! The expert contributors focus on a total of 20 topics, providing reasoned argument backed up with facts. If I have a criticism it is that this book left me wanting more - more topics, and possibly across a longer time period. Perhaps an idea for the sequel...
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on 26 December 2013
A particularly good section on population growth. Written by different contributors so quality differs but overall a good read and typical of The Economist quality and style.
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on 2 June 2012
I found this review interesting and informative. It is written in the 'Economist' style and has about 20 contributors each writing a chapter on a wide range of different topics. There is a fair degree of overlap between the chapters which I guess is inevitable. The book aims to cover a very broad range and the trade-off is limited depth. There probably is little in the book that would surprise an informed reader but I found it helpful to have a consistent review of the major trends likely to effect the world over the next 40 years or so.
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on 1 April 2015
Good book. But given the long run not very convincing. It relies more on empirical themes. It could have done better to use a story based on human capacity to evolve and adapt.
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on 21 October 2013
I like the way each chapter is written by a different journalist. The book manages to cover a wide variety of themes and keeps things fairly concise.
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on 26 February 2014
Good for presentations. Enables you to illustrate point you make with supporting packs. Horrifying rapid change but that is how it is.
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on 15 January 2014
Fascinating Stuff, and for the price it's an absolute steal. It's hardly a magic mirror however, as the book clearly emphasises.
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on 24 January 2014
Very good book for my uni course giving insight into the different expected trends into the way the world will be in the future
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