Technology's Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society [NOOK Book]

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In this fascinating forecast of science and technology, William E. Halal shows that relentless technological progress is driving the creative transformation of business, society, the world, and even what it means to be human. A "Technology Revolution" is accelerating today as an explosion of ever more sophisticated information systems, creating unprecedented gains in knowledge, and breakthroughs everywhere.

Technology's Promise draws on the work of TechCast Project at George ...

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Technology's Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society

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Overview

In this fascinating forecast of science and technology, William E. Halal shows that relentless technological progress is driving the creative transformation of business, society, the world, and even what it means to be human. A "Technology Revolution" is accelerating today as an explosion of ever more sophisticated information systems, creating unprecedented gains in knowledge, and breakthroughs everywhere.

Technology's Promise draws on the work of TechCast Project at George Washington University to chart the terrain ahead. Pooling the knowledge of 100 experts around the world, the book outlines advances in all fields. It is the best forecast data ever assembled, covering the entire span of technological innovation. Provocative analyses of the environment, robotics, artificial intelligence, biogenetics, and much more offer guidance on threats and opportunities in this high-tech future.

Culminating with scenarios that "macro-forecast" the path that lies ahead, this intriguing book shows us that the next two to three decades may be the most important of our time.

About the Author:
William E. Halal is Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology & Innovation at George Washington University, USA

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Editorial Reviews

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"William Halal's TechCast Project is a powerful system for identifying changes in technology so that decision-makers in business, government, and other institutions can prepare for the enormous changes ahead. There may be no better way to prepare than by equipping yourself with Bill’s latest book. Technology's Promise is readable, authoritative, optimistic, and exciting."-Edward Cornish, Founder, World Future Society, Washington, DC

"You must understand the technology revolution to understand the future. Halal gives you a readable passport to this new world."-Richard D. Lamm, Director Public Policy & Contemporary Issues, University of Colorado, Denver and Former Governor of Colorado

"A dazzling tour of a broad range of hopeful technologies. The authoritative forecasts of the TechCast Panel and Bill Halal's skillful synthesis and scenarios make this a must for any futurist, planner, or organization leader; indeed, for anyone interested in the emerging shape of the early 21st Century. No other book comes anywhere close."- Michael Marien, Editor,Future Survey, Syracuse, New York

"Technology's Promise is a most daring, dazzling and defining book of our time. The book lifts forecasting to the next level and provides brilliantly authoritative scenarios that help tap the staggering opportunities of upcoming technological breakthroughs. Written passionately with incredible clarity and convincing evidence, it dispels the current despair and provides hope for humanity's future. A must for all decision makers in business, government, civil society and individuals who wish to succeed in this tumultuous world." -Dr. Madhav Mehra, President World Council for Corporate Governance, London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230265608
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 754 KB

Meet the Author

William E. Halal is Professor of Science, Technology & Innovation at George Washington University. An authority on emerging technology, strategic planning, knowledge and institutional change, he has worked with General Motors, SAIC, MCI, and various companies and government agencies. Halal's work has appeared in jourbanals and popular media, and he has published 5 books. Halal is the founder of TechCast, the virtual think-tank forecasting the Technology Revolution. He co-founded the Institute for Knowledge & innovation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : Basic Training for the 21st Century Marvin Cetron Cetron, Marvin

Preface: Discovering the Forces of Transformation

Ch. 1 Introduction: Guiding Technology's Promise 1

Pt. I Forecasts of the Technology Revolution 15

Ch. 2 Transition to a Sustainable World: Converting the Energy and Environment Mess into an Opportunity 17

Ch. 3 Globalization Goes High-Tech: A Worrisome World of Abundance 31

Ch. 4 Society Moves Online: The Transforming Power of Information Technology and E-Commerce 42

Ch. 5 Mastery Over Life: Promises and Perils of Biogenetics 64

Ch. 6 Faster and Farther: Building the Global Transportation System 79

Ch. 7 The Final Frontier: Preludes to Deep Space Travel 92

Pt. II Social Impacts of the Technology Revolution 105

Ch. 8 Shifting Structures of Society: Business, Government, and Other Institutions in a Knowledge Age 107

Ch. 9 An Age of Consciousness: The Next Phase in Technology's Promise? 125

Ch. 10 Scenarios: A Virtual Trip Through Time 146

App The TechCast Expert Panel 162

Name Index 174

Subject Index 176

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