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The Atlas of the Future Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998
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From the Back Cover
Where are we headed as we enter the third millennium? The Atlas of the Future provides a unique and authoritative perspective on the shape of the world to come. Full–color maps and graphics present in a clear and accessible format the latest thinking on what the future holds for the human race. Drawing on the most up–to–date research, an international team of leading analysts predicts the worldwide developments in such diverse topics as:
- Space exploration
- economies and finance
- population life expectancy
- artificial intelligence
- health and disease biodiversity
- food and water
- the environment communications
- democracy industry
- military strength
About the Author
IAN PEARSON is one of the world's best–known scientific experts on the future and a strategy analyst with British Telecom. He is co–author of The Future of Communications. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
o gain a rapid high level future view of a broad range of subjects- bealth, water, technology, fishing resources...
o explain to friends and family what I do
o find initial reference points for initiating research
I recommend this as a great future reference piece.
Like all projections of the historical future it however soundly based on data cannot anticipate that event or series of events which will or might turn reality in a different direction from all the predictions made. So the edition I have published in 1998 has not a word about Sept.11, 2001, Islamic terror, nuclear proliferation, stem cell research . It in fact is totally devoid of political data or prediction.
The work does however have a good number of very fascinating tables and projections.There are often even 'alternative scenarios' presented for instance in the diagrams on the future of the universe, closed or open, short- lived or long- lived universe.
An interesting toy or tool, if one is careful to update it, and take its projections with a grain of salt.