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Megachange: The World in 2050 Hardcover – March 27, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118180440 ISBN-10: 1118180445 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118180445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118180440
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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If you want to know what the future may look like, here it is. A brilliantly well informed guide - all I can say is wow -- Chris Patten This brilliant book delves beneath the crises in the newspapers to expose the forces that our reshaping our economy, our politics and our everyday lives. Limpid and provocative, it sets the facts and figures of tomorrow's world into a narrative that is gripping and compelling. -- Mark Leonard, author of Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century and What Does China Think? there are thoroughly engaging pieces here, especially from the science crowd Weekend Australian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

Megachange looks at the forces that have been driving change and where they are headed over the following decades. Its conclusions about how the world will look in 2050 are often surprising, not least in their optimism. Following an introduction, the book is divided into four parts containing 20 chapters that cover everything from health to wealth and religion to outer space.

People and relationships

  • Not quite destiny

  • The health of nations

  • Women's world

  • Friends indeed

  • Cultural revolutions

Heaven and earth

  • Believe it or not

  • Feeling the heat

  • The future of war: the weak become strong

  • Freedom's ragged march

  • Taming Leviathan: the state of the state

Economy and business

  • The age of emerging markets

  • Globalisation, growth and the Asian century

  • The great levelling

  • Schumpeter Inc.

  • Market momentum

Knowledge and progress

  • What (and where) next for science

  • Ad astra

  • The web of knowledge

  • Distance is dead. Long live location

  • Of predictions and progress: more for less

The contributors

Barbara Beck is The Economist's special-reports editor.

Geoffrey Carr is The Economist's science and technology editor.

Philip Coggan is the Buttonwood columnist and capital-markets editor of The Economist. He is the author of The Economist Guide to Hedge Funds and, most recently, Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order.

Simon Cox is The Economist's Asia economics editor.

Tim Cross is a science correspondent at The Economist.

Kenneth Cukier is The Economist's data editor.

Martin Giles is The Economist's US technology correspondent.

Anthony Gottlieb is a New York-based writer. A former executive editor of The Economist, he is the author of The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance.

Robert Lane Greene is The Economist's professional-services correspondent. He also edits "Johnson", The Economist's blog on language, and is the author of You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity.

Charlotte Howard is The Economist's health-care correspondent.

Laza Kekic is director of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Country Forecasting Service.

Edward Lucas edits The Economist's international section. His most recent book is Deception, on East-West espionage.

Zanny Minton Beddoes is The Economist's economics editor.

Oliver Morton is The Economist's briefings editor and was previously energy and environment editor. His most recent book is Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet.

John Parker is The Economist's globalisation editor.

Matt Ridley is a former science and technology editor, Washington bureau chief and United States editor of The Economist. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.

Ludwig Siegele is The Economist's online business editor. He was previously technology editor.

Matthew Symonds is The Economist's defence and security editor.

Paul Wallace is The Economist's European economics editor. He is the author of Agequake: Riding the Demographic Rollercoaster Shaking Business, Finance and Our World.

Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist's management editor and Schumpeter columnist. He is co-author of several books and, most recently, the author of Masters of Management: How the Business Gurus and Their Ideas Have Changed the World – for Better and for Worse.

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Not overly scientific but reasonably well documented.
Giovanni
You may find facts and statistics within, but no predictions or discussions of any significant world-changing changes.
jmcdaniel_ee
I actually loved the book, despite its dry style (those Brits sure can write dry prose! :-))
Dr Anton Chuvakin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jaewoo Kim VINE VOICE on March 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As an avid reader, I thought many chapters of this book stated facts, ideas, and deductions that have been told and maybe even retold in other publications and best sellers. To me this book was quite redundant.

The book has 20 chapters and each chapter is written by a different writer associated with the Economist magazine.

For many chapters, the title was more noteworthy than the content. For example, in a chapter titled "The exponential future", the author basically restates the title. The future technology will grow exponentially and it will have profound (only couple of vague examples given) impact on the future. In another chapter lableled "The Asian century", the author states that China's rising population and economy will make a substantial impact on the global economy and the Asian economy as a whole. Oh really? So where is the deeper analysis and imagination?

If you have never read a book about the future trends (probably majority), then the contents in this book will be very noteworthy. I meet way too many Americans who are still stuck with "America is #1" mentality when America is quickly losing its edge in practically everything. For example, as this book states, did you know that America's life expectancy is not even top 30 in the world? The book also highlights that America's wealth doesn't coincide with its quality of life, which is low by OECD standards. Yes, Americans live way better than countries like North Korea, but its quality of life pales in comparison to many wealthier nations. The future doesn't look that much brighter either. It hurts me that America is losing its competitive and quality-of-life edge and it is frustrating to see how little of this is known by the general American public.

I recommend this book to the general population. I recommend it far less to those who are already familiar with much of the problems and advancements facing America and the world today how they might impact the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This anthology's essays forecast future developments in areas from social media to religion. Daniel Franklin, executive editor and business affairs editor of The Economist, and John Andrews, a writer for the magazine for 30 years, compiled and edited this volume. Since all 20 writers contribute to The Economist, they share a lucid style and a generally aligned conceptual framework. No one can promise accurate predictions, but these reporters share deeply informed insights about forces that will affect the world by 2050. The result is a useful, intriguing mosaic of the near future. The writers clearly explain complex concepts as their shared references let one essay build synergistically on the next. Readers who already know the contents of one essay will turn the page to remark on how startling the next one is. getAbstract recommends this collection to futurists, long-term planners, and readers interested in social analysis and forecasting.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ron Immink on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a quote directly from "Megachange, the world in 2050". Another future babble book in the same vain as "Everything we know is wrong", "Future Files", "Physics of the future", "Future minds" and "Flash foresight".Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GPerenic on August 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book is a compilation of average journalistic articles about changes happening around us. No real insight as to what can be expected and what will be the real long-term and concrete impact from these changes. Try reading bold and insightful authors like Ray Kurzweil instead.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jmcdaniel_ee on December 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Or "Predictions about the future that don't assume the global system in which we currently live will be changing much at all; also absent are any arguments defending the unlikelihood of such change."

Although I'm not a normal reader of the Economist, and typically have a very anti-statist mentality, this work in my opinion only ponders change assuming that the current floundering system of international power continues unchanged. It offers no critique of any view that challenges their own viewpoint--it simply does not take opposing viewpoints into consideration. What do I mean? There is no mention of certain seemingly inevitable trends (even if it is simply to disprove their likelihood) such as: growing independence/secession movements among unique regions currently within the boundaries of larger countries (Catalonia, Quebec, Flanders, Scotland, etc), the collapse (or at the very least restructuring) of the international Bretton Woods fiat currency system, market reform in aftermaths of derivatives/false credit expansion-related crises, government sovereign debt crises/social security insolvency, the waxing/waning of the ongoing war on drugs, etc. These issues are real and do not appear to be mentioned at all. Even the simple concept of the effects of price inflation in a fiat based economy is barely discussed.

Some opinions are unrealistic (i.e. human-caused global warming is assumed to be held by a near 100% consensus by all readers, even making in my opinion, quite ridiculous claims such as: NO summer ice will likely exist in the North Pole by 2050).
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