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2025 : Scenarios of US and Global Society Reshaped by Science and Technology

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ISBN-13: 978-1886939097
ISBN-10: 1886939098
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Oakhill Press (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886939098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886939097
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"The future is now present," claims Bill Clinton. We need to "honor the past" and "imagine the future." Here is a book that helps millennial planners do the later part well.
Coates is a regular feature at World Future Society conferences. Last year I heard him give an 8-part lecture series last year on scenarios of life and business in 2025, and later bought the cassette series.
Now he and his colleagues have brought out the book on the subject. It taps the worlds of science, technology, and engineering to look at the thirty year period of 1995 to 2025. Written in the form of a history book in 2025, Coates gives fifteen scenarios which reflect what life will be like in the United States as well as other societies (both affluent and less prosperous).
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This book looked very promising; the format and premise of a history book written from the year 2025. Unfortunately, the book is so superficial in its treatment of the subjects that I found myself falling asleep whenever I attempted to read it. The book reads like a collection of facts or sidebars; there are no stories, fiction or non, to pull you through the chapters. Read Probable Tomorrows instead.
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The prediction of future events or trends has always been of interest, not only from a popular point of view but also from a business/financial one. If one can obtain a fairly clear assessment or forecast of future developments, one can leverage against or for those developments. The authors of this book want to give the reader an overview of what the world will be like in the year 2025, which is now only two decades away. Two decades may seem like a somewhat short period of time, if judged purely by the ticking of clocks or wristwatches. If however one views it from the standpoint of the ticks of the clock of the dynamical system of scientific and technological change, it is a very long period of time. If one views the last century in blocks of twenty years, one will find that an incredible amount of scientific and technological has occurred between one block and the next. Even more importantly, many of these developments were unanticipated, in spite of concentrated efforts to predict them.

This is not to say that efforts to predict or at least understand future developments are unimportant or misguided. The anticipation, if not prediction, of future developments is important in that what is predicted can actually have an affect on a what actually happens in the time frame at issue. Indeed, the branch of learning theory called `anticipatory systems' is concerned with the extent to which the results of modeling or predictions can influence the time evolution of a particular system. The results in this theory have had only limited influence on forecasting in the popular or semi-popular literature, as this book is clearly an example of.
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