I was recently browsing through a bookshop’s recommended books, and saw “25 Things You Need to Know About the Future” by Christopher Barnatt (Constable, 2012 – buy it at Amazon or Kalahari.com). It’s a great primer, and I like the issues he has picked out.

Here’s his list of things you should know about what’s about to change the world. How many of these do you feel you understand reasonably well? More importantly, do you have an idea of how these might impact your business, your marketplace or your life?

  1. Peak Oil
  2. Climate change
  3. Peak water
  4. Food shortages
  5. Resource depletion
  6. 3d printing
  7. Nanotechnology
  8. Genetic modification
  9. Synthetic biology
  10. Vertical farming

  11. Electric vehicles
  12. Wind, wave and kinetic power
  13. Solar energy
  14. Nuclear fusion
  15. Space travel
  16. Cloud computing
  17. Artificial intelligence
  18. Augmented reality
  19. Quantum computing
  20. Robots
  21. Genetic medicine
  22. Bioprinting
  23. Cybernetic enhancement
  24. Life extension
  25. Transhumanism

What else would you add to this list?

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