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"James Canton's newest book, Future Smart, reinforces his standing as one of the leading futurists of our generation."—Peter J. Blatman, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

"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 smart—now 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

About the Author

James Canton, PhD, is a global futurist, social scientist, and visionary business advisor. He is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a think tank that advises Fortune 100 companies and governments on future trends, innovation, strategy, and global risk. The Economist recognized him as a leading global futurist and CNN named him the Digital Guru. Articles about Dr. Canton have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and the New York Times. Previously, he was an executive at Apple Computer, a founding board member of the Singularity University, a digital entrepreneur, and an advisor to three White House administrations. He is a regular media commentator or CNN, CNBC, and FOX.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306822865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306822865
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been following James Canton’s work and ideas for years. In his two previous books Technofutures and The Extreme Future he provided thought-provoking glimpses into what he views are the key forces re-shaping our world. As the years unfold and so many of his predictions come to life, he has proven time and again to have an uncanny sixth sense for what’s waiting for us both around the bend – and far beyond the horizon. This exciting new book Future Smart may very well be his tour de force. Whether or not you’ll agree with all of his prognostications is hardly the point. What matters is that if you’re curious about where we're heading, Canton serves up a vast panorama of challenges and opportunities in an extraordinarily wide range of fields, including bio-technology, medicine, global commerce, finance, marketing, energy/fuel, work/play, nation-shaping, warfare, learning/education and thinking itself.
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.
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If one could predict the future with certainty, just think of the possibilities. Yet even getting a bit of a lead to what might be around the corner can still be a good thing.

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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There are some very useful perspectives included in this book, but it seems to suffer from a 'silicon valley' based "We've got this right." point of view. The goal of making us question the possibilities and call for us to reinvent ourselves were addressed, but the range of possibilities and alternatives and the need for diverse perspectives and interaction were not as well brought out. Many of the scenarios were low-hanging fruit that have been chewed on for years. It left me wanting more.
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This book is very painful to read, though the ideas are good. Actually, the ideas are important. But the writer's style is bloated and his logic meanders. He spends unnecessary time engaging in arguments with his readers that makes the tone defensive. The book could have been half the length. It's a shame Canton didn't engage a strong editor to lead him out of the woods of his own bad writing. His message suffers as a result. I still recommend that you read it, for the core content, but be prepared to grind your teeth as you dig through this thicket of words.
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The author covers many areas in great detail, some that are well known and understood, others that are less well known, perhaps even obscure. At times the content becomes a bit bogged down by repetition of the same thought (hence the 4 stars). Overall, a good read.
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I only managed to get thru Chapter 2. There may be good ideas in this book but it is writing is terrible. He strings the same ideas together over and over. I never seen a book that uses so many commas: this, that, this, that, and the other. Really needed an editor. The idea for the book sounded very good but it is basically unreadable.
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Future Smart is an outstanding and insightful book, full of ideas, strategies and trends about the near and far future. Dr. Canton one of the world's leading futurists forecasts the trends like a Connected Planet, Blended Reality, The Future Web, Quantum computing and geo-engineering that just might blow your mind. He reminds us, if your not inventing your future someone else might. If you want to keep on top of the next waves of change, read this book now. A fascinating book by a bold visionary.
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Reading this book will upset you, but I think in a good way. It will without a doubt challenge that status quota of what you hope for the future. I read non-fiction to fill my mind with new ideas and perspectives and this book fit the bill.
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.
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