Canton's background in future-planning consultancy began when he studied under Alvin Toffler in the 1970s—and it shows in this big-picture take on the world of tomorrow. Taken individually, none of the trends Canton believes will shape the upcoming decades are surprising: major crises brought on by energy shortages and climate change; economic transformation wrought by globalization; and the "war on terror" has barely started. But he recognizes that the future is created by a "convergence" in which these developments interact. Canton's imagination runs in a dozen directions at once, peppering the margins of his vision with media headlines and short vignettes from a science-fictional future. Some of these are more believable than others—hydrogen-based energy systems by 2040, sure, but drugs that will keep us from even thinking antigovernment thoughts? Canton's goal, however, isn't predicting, it's convincing Americans to take a more active role in envisioning and safeguarding the 21st century before somebody else does. His lively scenarios are designed to spark debates, and they surely will. (Sept.)
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Canton, global futurist and business advisor, offers a forecasting road map for the twenty-first century that includes 10 top trends of the extreme future. These trends are the critical role of energy; information technology and networks; biotechnology; the manipulation of matter at the atomic scale (producing new drugs, fuels, materials, and machines); and the use of devices, drugs, and materials to heal and enhance mental performance. Other trends are the emerging workforce, which will be more multicultural, female, and Hispanic; longer and healthier lives; the critical importance of science; major threats, including hackers, terrorists, and mind control; and the new realities of global trade and competition. Finally, he cites preparation for increased global warming, the struggle for human rights and individual freedom, and the consequences of future interaction between America and China. Canton is optimistic about the future and believes Americans in general are, too. He observes, "They inspire change and innovation, creating a vision that suggests what is coming next will be good." Important and fascinating perspective! Mary Whaley
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A must read if you need a clear vision of the trends that are shapping the future of our worldPublished 12 months ago by Ignacio Cepeda Bernes
Excellent book to read ,i would highly recommend it to anyone studying finace , MBA or related firld of study .Published 17 months ago by Caesar Kapawa
Right on time for class, I was able to sit in class with this book on the first day. I will order again from this vendor.Published on December 19, 2012 by Satisfied
The book shares some interesting concepts, but is so off the mark in many areas that I stopped reading after reading about half of the bookPublished on December 7, 2012 by DJSharks
Before I get into the bad stuff about this book (because there's a lot of it), I want to explain why I liked this book. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Freyja's Books
not too much to add to what others have written. I liked the ideas put forth in this book. I hope the predicted good things happen and the not so good things do not. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by Patrick Pille
He offers not only the problems, but solutions. He thinks way outside of my thought process, so it was very interesting.Published on June 24, 2010 by Anne Fullmer