Summary of Future Smart

Managing the Game-Changing Trends That Will Transform Your World

Da Capo Press, more...

Buy the book

Future Smart book summary
In James Canton’s radical vision of the near future, disruptive innovation promises peace and prosperity.


7 Overall

7 Importance

8 Innovation

7 Style


Global futurist James Canton, whom CNN once called the “digital guru,” highlights the role of innovation in driving radical, exponential near-future growth and change. This gigantic metamorphosis is not merely economic or technological, but profound and civilization transforming. Stuffed with lucid snapshot speculations about the world of 2025 and beyond, Canton’s book sets out to “disrupt your thinking.” Though he occasionally indulges in jargon, he does a good job of rattling preconceptions. Canton remains ardently optimistic, yet his concerns about the ethical and existential upheavals of radical change cut through his pep talk. getAbstract suggests his vision to organizational leaders, strategic decision makers, and entrepreneurs who are prepared to imagine and embrace a future of wild, unbridled innovation, for good or ill.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What it means to be “Future Smart”;
  • How innovations in disruptive technology will drive “exponential change”; and
  • How technology will transform the world for the better, if humanity can temper its capacity for self-harm.


“Future Smart”
Exploding innovation in science and technology will bring a level of “exponential change” never before seen. You’ll need to be future smart to weather this great transformation. That means learning to recognize new, “game-changing trends” so you can benefit from them. Looking...
Get the key points from this book in less than 10 minutes. Learn more about our products or log in

About the Author

CEO of the Institute for Global Futures think tank, James Canton, PhD, wrote Technofutures and The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the Next 20 Years.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Contained in Knowledge Pack:

  • Knowledge Pack
    Find out how this disruptive innovation works and what impacts it might have on the economy.

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category