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Richard Watson

Richard Watson

Writer, futurist and Founder of What's Next
Language : English

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Richard Watson is a London-based writer, speaker and thinker. 

He is the founder and editor of What's Next, a website that documents global trends, and has worked extensively on scenario planning projects in Australia and the UK, having been introduced to the discipline by Napier Collyns, one of the founders of Global Business Network (GBN) in San Francisco. Richard is the author of Digital Versus Human (2016), The Future: 50 Things you Really Need to Know (2012); Future Vision: Scenarios for

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Richard Watson is a London-based writer, speaker and thinker. 

He is the founder and editor of What's Next, a website that documents global trends, and has worked extensively on scenario planning projects in Australia and the UK, having been introduced to the discipline by Napier Collyns, one of the founders of Global Business Network (GBN) in San Francisco. Richard is the author of Digital Versus Human (2016), The Future: 50 Things you Really Need to Know (2012); Future Vision: Scenarios for the World in 2040 (2012); Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It (2010) and Future Files: 5 Trends for the Next 50 Years (2007). 

Richard has been a blogger on innovation for Fast Company magazine (US) and has written for Future Orientation (Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies), Retail Banking Review (Australia) and What Matters (Mckinsey & Company). 

Richard has worked with, amongst others; London Business School, Imperial College London, Cambridge University Business School, RAND, Shell, Ministry of Defence, General Electric, IBM, KPMG, PWC, EY, McDonald’s, Nestle, PepsiCo, Tesco, Toyota, Samsung, Virgin Atlantic and Westfield. Outside of work, Richard’s interests include old wine, old cars, gardening and maps.

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Cover van Digital vs Human: how we'll live, love, and think in the future

Digital vs Human: how we'll live, love, and think in the future

From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to read to prepare for the world of tomorrow. On most measures that matter, we've never had it so good. Physically, life for humankind has improved immeasurably over the last fifty years. Yet there is a crisis of progress slowly spreading across the world. Perhaps this is due to a failure of vision; in the 1960s we dreamed of flying cars and moon hotels; today what we've ended up with are status updates and cat videos. To a large degree, the history of the next fifty years will be about the relationship between people and technologies created by a tiny handful of designers and developers. These inventions will undoubtedly change our lives, but the question is, to what end? What do we want these technologies to achieve on our behalf? What are they capable of, and — as they transform the media, the economy, healthcare, education, work, and the home — what kind of lives do we want to lead? Richard Watson hereby extends an exuberant invitation for us to think deeply about the world of today and envision what kind of world we wish to create in the future. In a fascinating and accessible way, Digital vs Human examines the possible effects of technology on every area of our lives.

ISBN: 13-9781925321173
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Richard Watson, Future files
Richard Watson, Future files