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25 Things You Need To Know About The Future

by Christopher Barnatt

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The 25 things: peak oil, climate change, peak water, food shortages, resource depletion, 3D printing, nanotechnology, genetic modification, synthetic biology, vertical farming, electric vehicles, wind/wave/kinetic power, solar energy, nuclear fusion, space travel, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, quantum computing, robots, genetic medicine, bioprinting, cybernetic enhancement, life extension, and transhumanism. For the great majority of these, Barnatt does a good job of summarizing and presenting scenarios (~30-year ones, mostly), and he ends with an epilog that I think is all-important and exactly right: "Everybody now needs to understand that human civilization is either rushing headlong into the Singularity or accelerating toward collective decline." (p 377)
  fpagan | Mar 2, 2013 |
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This is the essential book for understanding the challenges and technologies that will shape the next few decades. How will we live in the future? And what will the human race become? Will we nurture designer babies, be served by intelligent robots, have personal 3D printers, and grow products on the vine using synthetic biology? Or will shortages of oil, fresh water and other natural resources constrain our lifestyles and lead to industrial decline? In this fascinating guide, futurist Christopher Barnatt examines 25 known challenges and technologies that will help shape the next few decades. From Peak Water to vertical farms, nanotechnology to augmented reality, and electric cars to space travel, a startling picture is painted of future possibilities that no individual or business will be able to ignore. Highlighting life-changing research and innovation from over 250 companies, universities and non-profit organizations around the globe, 25 Things You Need to Know About the Future is a startling, frightening and powerful blueprint for anybody who wants to future gaze or future shape.… (more)

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