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About the Author

Christopher Barnatt is Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies at Nottingham University Business School, and is the creator of ExplainingTheFuture.com and ExplainingComputers.com and their associated YouTube channels. He has written six previous books on future studies and computing and gives regular lectures and media appearances.

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  • File Size: 1585 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (January 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RYLX46
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Christopher Barnatt has been a professional futurist for over 20 years, and runs ExplainingTheFuture.com, ExplainingComputers.com and their associated YouTube channels. He has published eleven books and numerous articles, with over 200 contributions to broadcast, print and online media around the globe.

For 25 years Christopher lectured in computing and future studies in Nottingham University Business School, where he spent seven years as Director of Undergraduate Programmes. As a keynote speaker, he now delivers presentations for a wide range of clients in sectors including financial services, healthcare and the arts. For over 30 years Christopher has also worked as an animator, with footage supplied to the BBC and other broadcasters.

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Written in a manner that does not require a degree or diploma to understand The topics are all addressed as separate concerns &/or possible options for solution or development.

Fascinating & at the same time scary.

Politicians and corporations, both past & present, continue to promote the idea to 'blind-folded' populations and consumers that the party will never end. Everything is great now, forget about the future - and, don't bother about the mess, someone else will clean it up!

Personally, I would recommend this to be compulsory reading for any students from High School entry onwards. The youth/students of today are the people who have the opportunity to raise these issues with the present-day parents and adults who will be or are currently acting in manners that will affect their very future & the sustainability of a healthy lifestyle.
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It really makes you look forward to parts of our future, but also worry about others. You can't help but worry about shortages in the future. Hopefully some of the ideas brought forth in this book will help us deal with the drastic changes we are bound to see
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Christopher Barnatt in his introductory remarks makes it clear that he is not providing here some kind of simple one- dimensional set of predictions about the human future. Rather he is examining various important areas of development in order to outline possibilities of what might happen in the future. He in doing this seems to promise only one thing, that the Future for good or for ill, will be very different from the world we are living in now. He opens by considering dwindling terrestial resources , first of all the global Oil and Energy economy. He believes that the Future will involve a definite transformation into much broader use of alternative energy sources. He also looks at other Earth issues including Global Warming and the whole question of adequate Water and Food supply for a still growing human population. He considers questions as to how the future will look in terms of Industrial production. He examines the possibilities given by the latest technologies, nanotechnology, quantum computing. In his discussion of our space- venturing and our possible communication with alien civilizations he presents the idea that the first alien intelligences we are likely to meet are those we ourselves will help create. His penultimate chapter concerns the question of the so-called Singularity the alleged point when the articially created intelligences will so surpass present human intelligence that we will enter into an entirely new realm of being. Again he is wise enough to underscore that he is speculating. This applies too to the chapter on Life extension and the kinds of human enhancement which will lead to what he calls creatures with bodies of twenty and minds of one- hundred. The minds he is talking of at 'one- hundred ' are of course meant to be something different from what we know as minds of one- hundred now.
This is a very clearly written book about future possibilities. Again the word to emphasize is 'possibilities'
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