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.

Game Query

Author: Philip Coggan
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782834267
Release Date: 2017-11-09
Genre: Humor

TEST YOURSELF AGAINST THE ECONOMIST'S CHAMPION QUIZ TEAM - THE ONLY QUIZ BOOK YOU NEED THIS CHRISTMAS General knowledge quizzes are ten a penny. Trust The Economist, which knows both the price and the value of everything, to do something different. In its first ever quiz book in a 175-year history, the sharp wits of The Economist's own champion quiz team ('Marginal Futility') throw down the gauntlet for a genuinely severe contest. Ranging over the globe and the sweep of world history, peering into the most significant developments in science, politics and culture, this is the rare quiz whose answers shed real light on the ways of the world. What was Europe's first attempt at an international currency union, before the Euro was a twinkle in Jacques Delors's eye? Where did 15th-Century popes live? Who sang Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley?

The World in 2050

Author: Laurence C. Smith
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101443521
Release Date: 2010-09-23
Genre: Science

A vivid forecast of our planet in the year 2050 by a rising star in geoscience, distilling cutting-edge research into four global forces: demographic trends, natural resource demand, climate change, and globalization. The world's population is exploding, wild species are vanishing, our environment is degrading, and the costs of resources from oil to water are going nowhere but up. So what kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Geoscientist and Guggenheim fellow Laurence Smith draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The result is both good news and bad: Eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly prosperous, powerful, and politically stable, while those closer to the equator will face water shortages, aging populations, and crowded megacities sapped by the rising costs of energy and coastal flooding. The World in 2050 combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data-everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections. But Smith offers more than a compendium of statistics and studies- he spent fifteen months traveling the Arctic Rim, collecting stories and insights that resonate throughout the book. It is an approach much like Jared Diamond took in Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse, a work of geoscientific investigation rich in the appreciation of human diversity. Packed with stunning photographs, original maps, and informative tables, this is the most authoritative, balanced, and compelling account available of the world of challenges and opportunities that we will leave for our children.

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.

The Great Disruption

Author: The Economist
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610395083
Release Date: 2015-06-02
Genre: Business & Economics

The Great Disruption is a collection drawn from Adrian Wooldridge's influential Schumpeter columns in The Economist addressing the causes and profound consequences of the unprecedented disruption of business over the past five years. The Great Disruption has many causes. The internet is spreading faster than any previous technology. Emerging markets are challenging the west’s dominance of innovation as well as manufacturing. Clever management techniques such as “frugal innovation” are forcing companies to rethink pricing. Robots are advancing from the factory floor into the service sector. But these developments are all combining together to shake business life—and indeed life in general—to its foundations. The Great Disruption is producing a new class of winners, many of whom are still unfamiliar: Asian has more female billionaires and CEOs than Europe, for example. It is also producing a growing class of losers: old-fashioned universities that want to continue to operate in the world of talk and chalk; companies that refuse to acknowledge that competition is now at warp speed; and business people who think that we still live in the world of company man. It is forcing everybody to adapt or die: workers realise that they will have to jump from job to job—and indeed from career to career—and institutions realise that they need to remain adaptable and flexible. The Great Disruption is all the more testing because it coincides with the Great Stagnation. The financial crisis has not only reduced most people’s living standards in the west. It has also revealed that the boom years of 2000-20007 were built on credit: individuals and governments were borrowing money to pay for lifestyles that no longer had any real justification. Employees are having to cope with unprecedented change at a time when they are also seeing their incomes flat or declining. Companies are having to respond to revolutionary innovations even as they are seeing their overall markets contract. We are all having to run faster in order to stay in the same place. This book begins with a long introduction explaining the thesis of the book and setting it in a broad historical context. It will also introduce readers to Joseph Schumpeter and explain why his ideas about creative destruction are particularly valuable today.

The New North

Author: Laurence Smith
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781847653123
Release Date: 2011-03-24
Genre: Political Science

The New North is a book that turns the world literally upside down. Analysing four key 'megatrends' - population growth and migration, natural resource demand, climate change and globalisation - UCLA professor Larry Smith projects a world that by mid-century will have shifted its political and economic axes radically to the north. The beneficiaries of this new order, based on a bonanza of oil, natural gas, minerals and plentiful water will be the Arctic regions of Russia, Alaska and Canada, and Scandinavia. Meanwhile countries closer to the equator will face water shortages, aging populations, crowded megacities and coastal flooding. Smith draws on geography, economics, history, earth and climate science, but what makes his arguments so compelling is that he has spent many months exploring the region, talking to people in once-inaccessible Arctic towns, noting their economies, politics and stories.

The World in Conflict

Author: John Andrews
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782831150
Release Date: 2016-01-14
Genre: Political Science

In the second decade of each century, a new global order commonly starts to assert itself. In the 19th, Napoleon's defeat gave birth to the world of rivalrous European powers. In the 20th, the First World War triggered a wave of revolutions that cleared a path for the American era. Ours appears to be no different. The world is once again on the move: China extends its influence across the globe; Europe is struggling to maintain unity and the United States looks hollowed out by its own past adventures. Meanwhile Russia is up to a lot of startlingly bold new tricks. In this expanded new edition of The World in Conflict, John Andrews tackles head-on the reasons why global violence is ever-present in our lives. He analyses every single one of today's major conflicts region by region, considering the causes, contexts, participants, impacts and likely outcomes. He looks at recently-ended wars that still spawn intermittent fighting. And he considers where, why and how new conflicts might erupt. This is a must-read for our interesting times, a guide to our new world of terrorism, kompromat and cyber war, shifting powers and enduring strife. If you want to know who is fighting where, for what, and whether they can win, The World in Conflict is indispensable.

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.

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?

Unhappy Union

Author: John Peet
Publisher: The Economist
ISBN: 9781610394505
Release Date: 2014-06-24
Genre: History

The euro was supposed to create an unbreakable bond between the nations and people of Europe. But when the debt crisis struck, the flaws of the half-built currency brought the European Union close to breaking point after decades of post-war integration. Deep fault-lines have opened up between European institutions and the nation-states—and often between the rulers and the ruled—raising profound questions about Europe's democratic deficit. Belief in European institutions and national governments alike is waning, while radicals on both the left and the right are gaining power and influence. Europe's leaders have so far proved the doomsayers wrong and prevented the currency from breaking up. "If the euro fails, Europe fails," says Angela Merkel. Yet the euro, and the European project as a whole, is far from safe. If it is to survive and thrive, leaders will finally have to confront difficult decisions. How much national sovereignty are they willing to give up to create a more lasting and credible currency? How much of the debt burden and banking risk will they share? Is Britain prepared to walk away from the EU? And will other countries follow? In Unhappy Union, The Economist's Europe editor and Brussels correspondent provide an astute analysis of the crisis. They describe America's behind-the-scenes lobbying to salvage the euro, economists' bitter debates over austerity, the unseen maneuvers of the European Central Bank and the tortuous negotiations over banking union. In the final chapter, they set out the stark choices confronting Europe's leaders and citizens.

YEAR OF WONDER Classical Music for Every Day

Author: Clemency Burton-Hill
Publisher: Headline Home
ISBN: 9781472251831
Release Date: 2017-10-05
Genre: Music

As featured in the Telegraph and on Radio 4's Today programme. 'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill. Have you ever heard a piece of music so beautiful it stops you in your tracks? Or wanted to discover more about classical music but had no idea where to begin? Year of Wonder is a unique celebration of classical music by an author who wants to share its diverse wonders with others and to encourage a love for this genre in all readers, whether complete novices or lifetime enthusiasts. Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you're from. 'The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.' Clemency Burton-Hill Playlists are available on most streaming music platforms including Apple Music.