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Trees on Mars : our obsession with the future

Author: Hal Niedzviecki
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A roller-coaster tour through our obsession with the future - and what's at stake when we neglect our present. Tech bloggers livecast the launch of the latest Kindle, crowds form serpentine lines outside of Apple stores on the eve of new iPhone releases, stock markets surge and recede on rumours of what Intel and Microsoft have in the pipeline, and, on college campuses across the country, universities offer master's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Forecasts
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hal Niedzviecki
ISBN: 9781609806378 1609806379
OCLC Number: 915044004
Description: 317 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Our lives in the age of tomorrow --
Chasing tomorrow: dispatches from our obsession with the future --
Teaching future: why schools are teaching change and preaching tech --
The group just slows us down: future vs. institution --
Data harvest: owning the future and everyone in it --
Our minds in the future --
After: why our minds are vulnerable to the pull of future --
Put a spell on me: when the magic became the information --
The case against the future --
Consumption, innovation, and the truth of change --
The human robot: homo economicus in decline --
Future shock and awe: anxiety factory --
The end --
Escape from the permanent future: the problem of hope.
Other Titles: Our obsession with the future
Responsibility: Hal Niedzviecki.

Abstract:

A roller-coaster tour through our obsession with the future - and what's at stake when we neglect our present. Tech bloggers livecast the launch of the latest Kindle, crowds form serpentine lines outside of Apple stores on the eve of new iPhone releases, stock markets surge and recede on rumours of what Intel and Microsoft have in the pipeline, and, on college campuses across the country, universities offer master's degrees in Future Studies. Meet futurist consultants who preach the need for constant change, to a fourth-generation New Jersey dairy farmer grappling with the increasing complexities of a once-bucolic industry, to a group of Stanford undergraduates pulling all-nighters in an effort to produce the next must-have app. Through these characters and others, Niedzviecki shows how future-obsession and future-anxiety are affecting real people. Print run 20,000.
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