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25 Things You Need to Know About the Future [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Barnatt
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Book Description

The essential book for understanding the challenges and technologies that will shape the next few decades.

How will we live in the future? And what will the human race become? Will we nurture designer babies, be served by intelligent robots, have personal 3D printers, and grow products on the vine using synthetic biology? Or will shortages of oil, fresh water and other natural resources constrain our lifestyles and lead to industrial decline?

In this fascinating guide, futurist Christopher Barnatt examines 25 known challenges and technologies that will help shape the next few decades. From Peak Water to vertical farms, nanotechnology to augmented reality, and electric cars to space travel, a startling picture is painted of future possibilities that no individual or business will be able to ignore.

Highlighting life-changing research and innovation from over 250 companies, universities and non-profit organizations around the globe, 25 Things You Need to Know About the Future is a startling, frightening and powerful blueprint for anybody who wants to future gaze or future shape.

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A Brief Guide to Cloud Computing: [Brings] admirable clarity to this thoroughly nebulous topic. New Scientist

About the Author

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849016976
  • Publisher: Constable (January 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RYLX46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book! October 22, 2012
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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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I briefly read some of the authors ideas after going to his website and purchasing his book. I would have to say I was thinking along similar lines about 3D Printers and their potential, about Biological engineering, but disagreed on the topic of fusion as a potential source of power in the future. I would have liked to hear about magnetic self powered alternators generating energy instead. I have written also about potential problems in the future, concerning humankind population growth, biological engineering, waste recycling, future computers, subatomic assemblers, and many other topics. I do, however, recommend this book as a start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Choose your future March 22, 2014
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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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More About the Author

Christopher Barnatt has been a professional futurist for over 20 years. He is Associate Professor of Strategy & Future Studies in Nottingham University Business School, and the author of, and their associated YouTube channels. To date he has written ten books on future studies and computing, a well as having contributed to a wide range of other print publications, websites, radio programmes and TV shows.


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