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Future of Technology (The)

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Publisher Comments:

From the industrial revolution to the railway age, through the era of electrification, the advent of mass production, and finally to the information age, the same pattern keeps repeating itself. An exciting, vibrant phase of innovation and financial speculation is followed by a crash, after which begins a longer, more stately period during which the technology is actually deployed properly. 

This collection of surveys and articles from The Economist examines how far technology has come and where it is heading.

Part one looks at topics such as the “greying” (maturing) of IT, the growing importance of security, the rise of outsourcing, and the challenge of complexity, all of which have more to do with implementation than innovation. 

Part two looks at the shift from corporate computing towards consumer technology, whereby new technologies now appear first in consumer gadgets such as mobile phones. Topics covered will include the emergence of the mobile phone as the “digital Swiss Army knife”; the rise of digital cameras, which now outsell film-based ones; the growing size and importance of the games industry and its ever-closer links with other more traditional parts of the entertainment industry; and the social impact of technologies such as text messaging, Wi-Fi, and camera phones. 

Part three considers which technology will lead the next great phase of technological disruption and focuses on biotechnology, energy technology, and nanotechnology.

Synopsis:

Drawing on the best technology writing that has appeared in The Economist, this collection is a thought-provokiing guide to where we are and where we are headed as we continue and implement the unprecendented technological innovation and challenges of our age.

About the Author

Tom Standage is technology editor of The Economist and author of several highly acclaimed books, including The Victorian Internet, The Mechanical Turk, and The Neptune File.

Table of Contents

The authors.

Foreword.

Part 1. Information technology grows up.

1. Coming of age.

2. Securing the cloud.

3. Make it simple.

4. A world of work.

Part 2. The shift towards consumer electronic.

5. Mobile phones.

6. Gaming.

7. Digital home.

Part 3. Searching for the next big thing.

8. Climbing the helical staircase.

9. Energy.

10. Small wonders.

11. Robots and artificial intelligence.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861979711
Editor:
Standage, Tom
Publisher:
Bloomberg Press
Editor:
Standage, Tom
Author:
Standage, Tom
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Technological innovations
Subject:
Inventions
Subject:
Information Management
Subject:
Business & Management Special Topics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Economist
Series Volume:
20
Publication Date:
20050801
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
8.54x5.76x1.33 in. 1.29 lbs.

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