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Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Technology Will Transform Business in the 21st Century First Printing Edition

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Dr. Canton has given us an engaging, entertaining, yet thought-provoking glimpse of the future. -- Dr. Teruaki Aoki, President and COO, Sony Electronics, Inc.

Insightful and on the mark. A must-read for any cyber entrepreneur. -- Ted Leonsis, President, America Online Interactive Properties Group

Technofutures is the essential guide to the future of business. It is bold and provocative, yet realsitic. -- Rudy Burger CEO MIT's Media Lab - Europe

This marvelous and realistic insight into the future makes reevaluate everything in the future society . . . a brilliant futurist. -- Dr. Nino Vidovic, Vice President, AT&T Labs

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Technofutures is a unique book is the essential guide to the future of innovation. Every page reads holds the reader's attention as futuristic scenarios of the future become realistic and understandable.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; First Printing edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561706531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561706532
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Canton, Ph.D.

Futurist, Author and Visionary Business Advisor
Twitter #futureguru

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, entrepreneur and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation and The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading futurists, worldwide.

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT's Media Lab, Europe.He has held positions as Advisor, National Science and Technology Council, Fellow at Kellogg School of Business, KIN, the founding Co-Chairman of the Futures and Forecasting Singularity University at NASA, Economic Development Board, State of Singapore and Visionary Advisory Board, Motorola.

Recognized as "one of the top presenters in the 21st century" by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.

A frequent guest of the media, he was named "the Digital Guru" by CNN and "Dr. Future" by Yahoo. Dr. Canton's media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines.

He is the author of Future Smart Managing the Game-Changing Trends that will Transform Your World, The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one futurist in a million that has it right! From the future of electronic commerce, robots, bioscience, computers and more--it is a comprehensive tour of the next century written by a noted futurist who makes sense. I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in preparing for the future and in understanding the tech chaos all around us. Easy to read, accessible and imaginative for the CEO or college student.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Wong on April 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
TechnoFutures is written by Dr. James Canton. Dr. Canton is one of the leading technology futurists, and he is editor-in-chief of the Canton Technology Report. This book is about how technology will continue to bring impacts and changes, both economically and socially, to our lives. With the evolution of technological development, the interaction between human and technology will become inseparable.
According to the author, in terms of economic changes, e-business will eventually dominate the traditional business practice. The industries that will be transformed by e-business included stock brokerage, insurance, travel, auto, chemicals, media and entertainment, computer and electronics, telecommunications, real estate, medicine and health care, etc. As Dr. Canton suggested, if we want to survive through the 21st century, we must learn how to adopt e-business technology.
In terms of social impacts, technology will bring impacts at both the personal and collective levels. In the future, our personal lives will involve computers, robots and virtual reality. Robots and computers will play a role as a companion such as a housekeeper, a secretary, or even a friend to human. And as for human, we will engage more activities via virtual reality such as playing golf. For the latter one, educational changes will be a good example. Educational institutions will change their formats of teaching. Instead of the traditional classroom learning, students and teachers will meet via virtual schools.
By means of frequent sidebars, the author has provided readers an insight of our evolving technological world with vivid scenes and dialogues amongst the robots, cyber companions and human.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Donahey on February 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Canton is Heinleinesque in the way he weaves a coherent, congruent, knowledgeable and thoroughly entertaining story about the future of technology and its influence on our lives. I believe his predictions serve as a blueprint for where to position your career, investments and personal interests over the next half century. I was blown away by his insight into the future of medicine, specifically and quite selfishly, his prediction that I may clone my favorite dog right down to its personality. Dr. Canton forced me to my learning and dreaming edge, right where you want to be if your goal is to endeavor into the technological fray, but aren't sure exactly how and where.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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Technofutures is a mind-boggling and often brilliant, out-of-the-box look at the future of technology and how it will transform our lives. Canton has an extraordinarily inventive mind with which he is able to conjure up literally thousands of new products, new businesses and perhaps, most important, a panoramic new view of tomorrow. Whether you are a techno-wizard or a luddite, reading Technofutures is sure to be a blast. I loved this book and can't wait to see what Canton will dream up next.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Cox on February 5, 2000
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Technofutures is an eye-opening experience into the world we live in today and the world we will live in soon. If you have any desire to know how life will be on earth and in the heavens, this is the book to read.
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