Megatech

Author: Daniel Franklin
Publisher: The Economist
ISBN: 9781610398268
Release Date: 2017-03-28
Genre: Technology & Engineering

What will the world of technology look like in 2050? And how will it affect the way we live? These are the big questions explored in MEGATECH: TECHNOLOGY IN 2050, a collection of thought-provoking insights imagining how big developments in technology might shape the future. The book invites us on a journey to the future, contemplating where and how far technology might take us. The industry's biggest leaders, academics, writers, and journalists—including Dr. Frank Wilzcek, Alastair Reynolds, and Melinda Gates—examine what the impact of technology might be in 2050 and consider the policies we might need, both to make the most of future opportunities and to tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges ahead. MEGATECH is a book of big, bold ideas from a stellar line-up of prominent players in the tech world. It is required reading for anyone engaged with the interrelationships between technology, innovation, business, politics, and society.

Megatech

Author: Daniel Franklin
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782831662
Release Date: 2017-02-09
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Technology moves fast - so where will it have taken us by 2050? How will it affect the way we live? And how far are we willing to let it go? In Megatech, distinguished scientists, industry leaders, star academics and acclaimed science-fiction writers join journalists from The Economist to explore answers to these questions and more. Twenty experts in the field, including Nobel prize-winner Frank Wilczek, Silicon Valley venture-capitalist Ann Winblad, philanthropist Melinda Gates and science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds identify the big ideas, fantastic inventions and potentially sinister trends that will shape our future. Join them to explore a brave new world of brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, knitted cars and guided bullets. The writers predict the vast changes that technology will bring to everything from food production to health care, energy output, manufacturing and the military balance. They also consider the impact on jobs, and how we can prepare for the opportunities, as well as the dangers, that await. Thought-provoking, engaging and full of insight from the forefront of tech innovation, Megatech is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand tomorrow's world.

Megatech

Author: Daniel Franklin
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781610398268
Release Date: 2017-03-28
Genre: Technology & Engineering

What will the world of technology look like in 2050? And how will it affect the way we live? These are the big questions explored in MEGATECH: TECHNOLOGY IN 2050, a collection of thought-provoking insights imagining how big developments in technology might shape the future. The book invites us on a journey to the future, contemplating where and how far technology might take us. The industry's biggest leaders, academics, writers, and journalists—including Dr. Frank Wilzcek, Alastair Reynolds, and Melinda Gates—examine what the impact of technology might be in 2050 and consider the policies we might need, both to make the most of future opportunities and to tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges ahead. MEGATECH is a book of big, bold ideas from a stellar line-up of prominent players in the tech world. It is required reading for anyone engaged with the interrelationships between technology, innovation, business, politics, and society.

Megachange

Author: D. Franklin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118180440
Release Date: 2012-03-27
Genre: Business & Economics

This compelling book focuses on fundamental trends called "megatrends", which are great forces in societal development that have a profound impact on states, markets and civil society today and in the future.

Go Figure

Author: The Economist
Publisher: The Economist
ISBN: 9781610397445
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre: Games & Activities

Go Figure: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know brings together for the first time the very best explainers and charts, written and created by top journalists to help us understand such brain-bending conundrums as why almost half the population of Korea has one of two surnames, how bitcoin mining works, and the seasonal distribution of dog poo on the streets of New York. Subjects both topical and timeless, profound and peculiar, are explained with The Economist's trademark wit and verve. The Economist Explains and its online sister, the Daily Chart, are the two most popular blogs on The Economist's website. Together, these online giants provide answers to the kinds of questions, quirky and serious, that may be puzzling anyone interested in the world around them. Want to know how a tattoo affects your job prospects, why bees are under threat, or even how different countries spend their money? We have the answers. They are sometimes surprising, often intriguing, and always enlightening.

Treasure Palaces

Author: The Economist
Publisher: The Economist
ISBN: 9781610396813
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre: Art

In this exuberant celebration of the world's museums, great and small, revered writers like Ann Patchett, Julian Barnes, Neil Gaiman, and more tell us about their favorite museums, including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, the Musée Rodin in Paris, and Tate Modern in London. These essays, collected from the pages of The Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, reveal the special hold that some museums have over us all. In his ode to the Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa, Mexico, the great novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes writes, “Museums, like lovers, can lose their charms. But the next time can always be the first time.” William Boyd visits the Leopold Museum in Vienna—a shrine to his favorite artist, Egon Schiele, whom Boyd first discovered on a postcard as a University student. In front of her favorite Rodins, Allison Pearson recalls a traumatic episode she suffered at the hands of a schoolteacher following a trip to the Musée in Paris. Neil Gaiman admires the fantastic world depicted in British outsider artist Richard Dadd's “The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke,” a tiny painting that also decorated the foldout cover of a Queen album, housed in the Victorian room of Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelite collection. Ann Patchett fondly revisits Harvard University's Museum of Natural History—which she discovered at 19, while in the throes of summer romance with a biology student named Jack. In Search of the Originals is a treasure trove of wonders, a tribute to the diversity and power of the museums, the safe-keepers of our world's most extraordinary artifacts, and an intimate look into the deeply personal reveries we fall into when before great art.

The World of Business

Author: The Economist,
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1846681588
Release Date: 2009-08-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Full of fascinating facts and figures, this book is a highly entertaining look at all aspects of business, including: The biggest firms The biggest bankruptcies Business blunders Bad boys Leading management thinkers Past business giants Inventors and inventions Famous patents A great many questions, including the following, are answered: How many billion spam e-mails are sent each day? Who said, "Business is a combination of war and sport"? Which are the world's most valuable brands? When and what was the Mississippi Bubble? Which company "exists to benefit and refresh everyone it touches"? How much do the best-paid hedge fund managers earn? The editors of The Economist have culled these facts and figures to inform and to amuse anyone interested in the changing world of business. This is an ideal gift for anyone interested in the business world.

Life in 2050

Author: Ulrich Eberl
Publisher:
ISBN: 3407753578
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Social prediction


Guide to Financial Management

Author: The Economist
Publisher: The Economist
ISBN: 9781541730106
Release Date: 2018-08-21
Genre: Business & Economics

A practical and accessible overview of the fundamentals of business finance--now in its third edition. Managers are constantly expected to make decisions that reflect a full understanding of the financial consequences. In the absence of formal training, few people are prepared for the responsibilities of dealing with management reports, budgets, and capital proposals, and find themselves embarrassed by their lack of understanding. This book is a practical guide to understanding and managing financial responsibilities. Each chapter examines actual tasks managers have to do, from "how to assemble a budget," "how to read variances on a report," to "how to construct a proposal to invest in new equipment," exploring the principles that can be applied to each task, illustrating practical ways these principles are used, and providing guidance for implementation. Guide to Financial Management will help readers understand financial jargon, financial statements, management accounts, performance measures, budgeting, costing, pricing, decision-making, and investment appraisal. This third edition has been fully revised and expanded with detailed examples from 100 leading businesses around the world.

Trees on Mars

Author: Hal Niedzviecki
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 9781609806385
Release Date: 2015-10-20
Genre: Social Science

The future is big right now—for perhaps the first time, our society is more focused on what is going to happen in the future than what is happening right now. In Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future, cultural critic and indie entrepreneur Hal Niedzviecki asks how and when we started believing we could and should “create the future.” What is it like to live in a society utterly focused on what is going to happen next? Through visits to colleges, corporations, tech conferences, factories and more, Niedzviecki traces the story of how owning the future has become irresistible to us. In deep conversation with both the beneficiaries and victims of our relentless obsession with the future, Niedzviecki asks crucial questions: Where are we actually heading? How will we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind?

We Do Things Differently

Author: Mark Stevenson
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782830863
Release Date: 2017-01-05
Genre: Science

Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it's clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents. From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England's home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane. Populated by extraordinary characters, We Do Things Differently paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world's most pressing dilemmas, offering a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.

The Economist Guide to Emerging Markets

Author: Aidan Manktelow
Publisher: The Economist
ISBN: 9781610393881
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Business & Economics

The growth that companies can achieve from their operations in home and developed world markets has for many years been modest. Real opportunities to take a business to a higher level exist in identifying and cultivating emerging markets. For many years, The Economist Corporate Network has been a leading authority in advising firms on how to make the most of the opportunities that emerging markets present, and how to avoid the mistakes so many companies make with disastrous results. In this book, the Corporate Network team shares their expertise with readers. They examine new approaches to business in emerging markets, identifying what you need to think about, the various risks, and how to get your approach right. They also review various markets, from the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) to the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Based on the unrivalled expertise of The Economist Corporate Network team and their experiences working with hundreds of companies, there is no more useful guide than The Economist: Emerging Markets to explore the opportunities these markets offer and how to take advantage of them.

The Chief Financial Officer

Author: The Economist
Publisher: The Economist
ISBN: 9781610393867
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Genre: Business & Economics

The rapid rise in importance of the role of the chief financial officer—from back-office accountant to front-line executive—is unrivaled by that of any other corporate position. With access to every facet of the business, CFOs now wield a level of influence matched only by chief executives. This book explains how CFOs earned their privileged status, and what the future may hold for them. It describes their ever-expanding role, and how they are reshaping their departments to help them deal with that transformation. Insights from current and former CFOs provide a first-hand perspective on finance leaders' aspirations and doubts. It is a useful reference for finance chiefs seeking to learn from peers and benchmark their own performance; for those looking to build a career in the C-Suite; for managers seeking to improve their relationship with the finance department; for service providers—banks, accountancies and consulting firms—and anyone else who wants to get on the good side of the keeper of the corporate checkbook.

No Ordinary Disruption

Author: Richard Dobbs
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610397629
Release Date: 2016-08-30
Genre: Business & Economics

Our intuition on how the world works could well be wrong. We are surprised when new competitors burst on the scene, or businesses protected by large and deep moats find their defenses easily breached, or vast new markets are conjured from nothing. Trend lines resemble saw-tooth mountain ridges. The world not only feels different. The data tell us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Forces Breaking all the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital and people. Our intuitions formed during a uniquely benign period for the world economy—often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, cost of capital was falling, labour and resources were abundant, and generation after generation was growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation has gone. The cost of capital may rise. The price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile. The world's labor force could shrink. Individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents. What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to quickly grasp the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that, by 2025, a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of the Sweden, of that, in the decades ahead, half of the world's economic growth will come from 440 cities including Kumasi in Ghana or Santa Carina in Brazil that most executives today would be hard-pressed to locate on a map. What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life— facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.

Ghosts of Empire

Author: Kwasi Kwarteng
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610391214
Release Date: 2012-02-07
Genre: History

Kwasi Kwarteng is the child of parents whose lives were shaped as subjects of the British Empire, first in their native Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a unique perspective and impeccable academic credentials to a narrative history of the British Empire, one that avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and instead sees the Empire for what it was: a series of local fiefdoms administered in varying degrees of competence or brutality by a cast of characters as outsized and eccentric as anything conjured by Gilbert and Sullivan. The truth, as Kwarteng reveals, is that there was no such thing as a model for imperial administration; instead, appointees were schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. As a result the Empire was the product not of a grand idea but of often chaotic individual improvisation. The idosyncracies of viceroys and soldier-diplomats who ran the colonial enterprise continues to impact the world, from Kashmir to Sudan, Baghdad to Hong Kong.