Megatech: Technology in 2050

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Daniel Franklin
Profile Books, Feb 9, 2017 - Technology & Engineering - 242 pages

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.


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The accelerating technological changes of the last few decades have left many wondering what miracles the future will bring. The Economist presents a well-organized collection of essays on the subject ... Read full review


Physical foundations of future technology
Biotechnologys possibilities
Beyond Moores
The great innovation debate
Farming tomorrow
the rise of the renewables
Manufacturings new materials
Personal technology gets truly personal
The ethics of artificial intelligence
Imagine all the empowered people
Work and the rise of the machines
a short story

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Daniel Franklin is Executive Editor of the Economist and editor of the Economist's annual publication, 'The World in...', which focuses on the year ahead. Since joining the Economist in 1983, he has written about Soviet and East European affairs, covered great European upheavals - from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty - and been Britain Editor and later Washington Bureau Chief in the US. He is co-editor of Megachange (Economist Books, 2012).

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