By Richard Watson

More cost-effective than a crystal ball and two times as fun.... half Jules Verne, half Malcolm Gladwell, Watson has a puckish humorousness and his ebook is a thought-provoking, laughter-inducing pride.

''Provocative, interesting, jam-packed with magnificent proof a booklet that will help you make a decision even if the realm goes mad or probably changing into extra intelligent.'' --Theodore Zeldin writer of An Intimate background of Humanity

''Woven jointly brilliantly.'' --Richard Hytner, vp, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide

William Gladwell meets Alvin Toffler during this energetic, provocative and witty examine our attainable futures.Filled with provocative forecasts approximately how the area may possibly switch within the subsequent part century destiny records examines rising styles and advancements in society, expertise, economic climate, and enterprise, and makes informed speculations as to the place they may take us.Indispensable to enterprise analysts, strategists and agencies who have to remain sooner than the sport in addition to supplying wealthy and interesting fabric for banquet conversations. Will machines develop into extra clever than people, or even be capable to 'read' our minds? Will nutrients in our refrigerator communicate to one another utilizing radio waves, then get a hold of techniques for tonight's menu? Is there a looming environmental difficulty the place Planet Earth is doomed? do you want a tablet that improves your reminiscence? ... or a moistened tissue which could erase a foul day? may you're feeling more secure in case your entrance door may possibly inform you even if the individual knocking isn't a stranger? those are only a number of the provocative forecasts approximately how the realm may possibly switch within the subsequent part century which Richard Watson explores in destiny records .

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This will eventually give rise to the idea of ethical bankruptcy, a clean slate for your reputation. If none of this appeals, we will also see the appearance of disappearance. In the future, people will pay professionals to help them disappear. This will be difficult due to the level of electronic surveillance but not entirely impossible, especially for younger people already familiar with the concept of using multiple identities on the internet or for older folk who have never existed online. For the rest of us, saddled with credit cards, GPS-embedded cellphones and biometric identity cards, it will be just another fantasy.

Computers will become more intelligent than people by about 2030. At this point, humankind will be faced with something of a dilemma. If machines are more intelligent than their makers, what’s 41 42 FUTURE FILES to stop them taking over? We could, of course, design machines with in-built controls (see Isaac Asimov’s “Robot Rules” in I Robot), but we will face a very strong temptation to see what would happen if we didn’t. The other intriguing, if not outright alarming, aspect of this issue is the convergence of computing, robotics and nanotechnology, which could give rise to self-replicating machines.

Some people solve this problem by sticking lo-fi sticky notes around the sides of their screen. Another way might be to say no — to unsubscribe and unplug parts of our life. Technology could also change the way in which information is delivered. For example, if a computer could understand when we 52 FUTURE FILES are busy (via a camera, microphone or keypad monitor) it could rank emails in order of importance and then deliver them at the most appropriate moment. Information could also be presented in the same way that aircraft instruments are laid out, so it can be glanced at easily.

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