Summary of Lessons From The Future

Making Sense of a Blurred World

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Still an Information Age doubter? Consider this: American Airlines makes more money from its reservations systems than by flying airplanes and Ford makes more money financing cars than selling them.


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This collection of essays links futurist Stan Davis’ previous works with some of his newer ideas about change and commerce. Believing that his ideas (Future Wealth, Blur, Future Perfect, 2020 Vision) have held up, he expands upon them to explain the philosophy he thinks underlies the next 20 years (or "the second half") of the information revolution. He delves into the next era he anticipates, one of even greater consequence - the Bio Economy. He explains not only the rise of biotech, but also the biological or networked economy, where everything is connected to everyone all the time. Moving from theoretical to practical, he advises judging your company’s worth by its predicted rate of growth and change, not by traditional measurements. Then, Davis speculates about the more distant future, post 2050, when cloning, stem-cell research and such transcend theory and join the chaos of our everyday lives. If the future makes you gasp, says read on.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How cyberspace is breaking down all the traditional barriers to communication
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  • Why machines may one day rise to be our equals


Future Perfect
As Stan Davis maintained in his previous book, Future Perfect, published 10 years ago, the qualities of the universe determine business realities. Thus, your business can be described by the universal properties of time, space and mass. These ideas are now assumed factors...
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About the Author

Stan Davis is an author and acclaimed public speaker based in Boston, Massachusetts. This is his 11th book. Some of his previous books include Future Wealth, Blur, the landmark Future Perfect, 2020 Vision and Future Perfect, 2020 Vision Monster under the Bed. He is also an independent strategy and management consultant to major corporations and fast growing enterprises, and part-time Senior Research Fellow at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation.

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