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Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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"A thought-provoking, engaging, and fascinating narrative of the very near future that explores what it means to be human in an always connected, always on world. A must-read."Srini Koushik, President & CEO, NTT i3
"A call to action for every one of us to reinvent ourselves in the presence of a smart future."Grady Booch, Chief Scientist for Software Engineering, IBM Research
"Predicts how game-changing trends will impact the next generation of business and urges today's executives to consider bold new ideas to ensure their future success."M. R. Rangaswami, Founder, Corporate Eco Forum
"A bold and provocative yet realistic forecast of what the future may be. If you want to understand the next disruptions, innovations, challenges, and opportunities that face us, read Future Smart now."Rudy Burger, Managing Partner, Woodside Capital; former Director, MIT Media Lab EU
"Future Smart's insights, trend analysis, and deep dives into specific sectors are invaluable. This is your executive briefing on the future of innovation and what's next for business."Toby Redshaw, CEO, Covington Advisors; former Global CIO, American Express
"Explains the provocative and in-depth global scenarios of what lies ahead in our future. Everyone should read this book."Larry Paulson, Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
"Delivers insights into tomorrow that everyone should apply today."Lane F. Cooper, Contributing Editor, CIO Magazine
"The next 30 years will usher in more change than the previous three centuries. Future Smart is your guide to this extraordinary future. Canton's enthusiastic, prescient vision will captivate you."Andrew Sobel, international bestselling author of Power Relationships and Power Questions
"There are so many great ideas for growing your business that Future Smart really should be called an 'idea manual.'"Robbin Phillips, Courageous President, Brains on Fire and co-author of Brains on Fire and The Passion Conversation
"Book smart, people smart, street smartnow James Canton shows us why, with the world changing as warp speed, we all had better get future smart. Whatever you're planning in business or in life, this book will give you pause and a sense of promise."Bill Schley, bestselling author of The UnStoppables and The Micro-Script Rules
"What separates great innovators from the rest is that they operate from a bold vision of the future. In Future Smart, Canton arms you with this critical advantage."Kaihan Krippendorff, CEO, Outthinker and author of Outthink the Competition
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With a lifelong belief that the future just doesn’t happen – but rather that we create it, Canton has delivered a book that is simply bursting at the seams with new ideas, innovation solutions and full-on imaginative thinking.
This book aims to give you at least a head start. The author has consulted his crystal ball and looks at what he says could be some of the most important game-changing trends and considers how the reader could react to and profit from them. In just a couple of decades, it is said, we could face major seismic shifts to our everyday lives. What won’t be changing? Health and medicine, technology and communications, the global economy, the earth's climate, energy and business all face big challenges.
The author seeks to help the reader “future smart” themselves. Guarantees are, of course, not given. Yet promises are. As the book notes by reading it:”… You could become Future Smart: be able to see the changes and signals that will create a trend or alter the future before that future emerges. I can promise you that the trends in this book may give you an inside track, an insight that may transform your life, work, and, of course, and transform your future for the better.”
Despite having an interest in this area, this book didn’t really do it for this reviewer. It has a lot of potential and great insights but it suffers from verbosity and a general lack of focus. Instead of being gripped by the forecast of change and its positives and negatives, one was just being turned off. It was getting tiresome, arduous and uninspiring. A feeling of being short-changed and disappointed. This is the exact opposite of what it should be! Could the book have been one-third smaller and one-third more engaging? You bet. Here is a great case to show that quality would trump quantity.
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While I find it hard to believe some of the things he writes about (a drone performing non-invasive surgery in the middle of the safari) I have to keep telling myself that it will probably be a reality. Just think of all the things we have today that would have been thought a crazy idea even 20 years ago. To boot, the worst thing a business person can do is to speak in absolutes. When you do this, you’re on a death mission which this book so eloquently explains. While most of the things he writes about sound crazy now, I actually believe most will eventually come true. In 9.5 a years? Maybe a stretch … but by then nearly the entire world will access to the world’s knowledge in their pocket so who knows.
What could be improved:
• The darn book is long. It took me almost two months to read. It started off really strong, but with about 150 pages left, I was really struggling to stick with it. However, I did complete the entire book and am glad I did.
• He skims the surface on so many topics I wish he would have taken a deeper diver on less topics. Further, I would have loved to seen more specific examples of some early stage companies on the cutting edge of these new industries.
• His writing style does take some time to get to use to; for lack of a better description it’s just a little different and isn’t necessary the best prose I’ve ever read
What I loved:
• Canton is a complete optimists. I was really inspired about how innovation will improve our lives, not take away from things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoying this well organized read about strategies to manage and thrive with future changes.
One of the books that is influencing my career path.
Brilliant predictions of a very exciting and challenging near term future.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some good information, but more of a cheerleader book for technology. Not a very technical book, but a set of lists and "chit chat. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Gould
a must-read for all ages, especially the young person starting out=== BEFORE STARTING
HIS /HER COLLEGE DEGREE PATH!!!!××!#.
"Dr. Canton has written a riveting analysis and a provocative look into our future. From the mobile future to Smart Machines and what's next for medicine, he challenges us to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dr.Sanford Rosenberg