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5.0 out of 5 stars credible crystal gazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.It firmly establishes futurology as a worthwhile field of study.I would recommend it to anyone interested in tomorrow
Published 4 months ago by peter lovett

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3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent level of future-ness and confusing layout
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.
Published 11 months ago by Giles Scott


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3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent level of future-ness and confusing layout, 27 Aug 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Tomorrow of the current issues with recurring topics, 23 Feb 2014
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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.
Book contains quotations and opinions of experts and influential people and some of them really reinforce the author’s message. Many facts are referred to the scientific research, which adds validity to the book intended for anyone interested in how could the life look like very soon.
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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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