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Future Perfect : What next? and other impossible questions - Robyn Williams

Future Perfect

What next? and other impossible questions

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Thinking about the future is not a normal human activity...Since we first came down out of the trees, most of our waking hours have been preoccupied with staying alive - life expectancy was so short, it was hard to seriously plan ahead. The religions we concocted taught us that the future was in the hands of our gods and we should concentrate mainly on the afterlife...Future Perfect is a book for those who believe we can shape the future of our earth, and that there is a moral responsibility for us to do just that. It's difficult to disembark once you're here, after all. Written in Robyn Williams' characteristically whimsical and provocative style, it conjures up the possibilities before us in our cities, our employment, our transport and even our sex lives. It confronts the challenges before us and does not shrink from the hard answers...Witty and immensely entertaining, informative and didactic, Future Perfect will fuel many an argument.

Introduction 1..1 The Future of Communication - Beyond Babel? 9..2 The Future of Science - The White Trash of the Pacific? 33..3 The Future of God - God's Only Excuse 53..4 The Future of Transport - 2027: Full Speed Ahead 77..5 The Future of Cities - More Than Half the World's Population? 95..6 The Future of Sex - And Why We Do It 111..7 The Future of Innovation - Inventing the Future? 131..8 The Future of Work - Failing Upwards 139..9 The Future of Us - Our Last Century? 151..Postscript 167..Further reading 169

ISBN: 9781741763799
ISBN-10: 1741763797
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st August 2007
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1