Richard Watson - Author

About the Author

Richard Watson works with the Foresight Practice at Imperial College London and regularly lectures at London Business School. He is the author of Future Files, which has been published in 15 languages, and the publisher of What's Next, an online report that documents new ideas and trends.

Featured books by Richard Watson

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

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2016

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?

Other books by Richard Watson

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

Author: Richard Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/04/2018

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

Author: Richard Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Chemical Essays. by R. Watson, ... of 2; Volume 1

Chemical Essays. by R. Watson, ... of 2; Volume 1

Author: Richard Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Chemical Essays. by R. Watson, ... Vol. V. of 5; Volume 5

Chemical Essays. by R. Watson, ... Vol. V. of 5; Volume 5

Author: Richard Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

Author: Richard Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Chemical Essays. by R. Watson, ... of 2; Volume 2

Chemical Essays. by R. Watson, ... of 2; Volume 2

Author: Richard Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

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

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2016

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?

The Future: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know

The Future: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know

Author: Richard Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2012

A dynamic insight into how science will shape human destiny over the coming century. What will the world look like in 2020, 2030 or even 2100? How will progress in scientific research affect human life in the areas of health and lifestyle, energy and the environment, politics and conflict, space exploration and even the ultimate questions of existence? This book offers an electrifying trip through the wonders - and terrors - awaiting us over the next hundred years. The ideas explored include: Therapeutic cloning; Regenerative medicine; Nanotechnology; Quantum computers; Cyberwarfare; Space colonies; The nature of consciousness; Digital democracy.

Futurevision scenarios for the world in 2040

Futurevision scenarios for the world in 2040

Author: Richard Watson, Oliver Freeman Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2012

The future is not what it used to be. In this volatile era, with the world changing at a rapid rate, people are more anxious than ever about what lies ahead. Will relentless consumerism end up destroying our planet? Or can science and technology allow us to innovate our way out of trouble? Perhaps a greater social consciousness and community-based living will take over - or, conversely, the competition for limited resources may result in everyone fighting for themselves. Drawing on these four possible futures, Richard Watson and Oliver Freeman invite us to examine critically the risks and opportunities to come. They discuss the key factors, trends, critical uncertainties, and wildcards that will shape the future, guiding us to a greater awareness of long-term problems and possible solutions - and empowering us not only to adapt to what might happen but also to shape our future and generate change. It's impossible to know for certain what the future holds, but we can remove some of its surprises by engaging in a meaningful debate about the choices we face now. This book shows us how. 'A rich, provocative, imaginative, and rigorous guide to thinking about the future.' Peter Schwarz, co-founder, Global Business Network

An Apology for the Bible In a Series of Letters Addressed to Thomas Paine

An Apology for the Bible In a Series of Letters Addressed to Thomas Paine

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/2012

Richard Watson (1737-1816) was a prominent Anglican clergyman who served as Bishop of Llandaff between 1782 and 1816. First published by Cambridge in 1820, this volume is derived from Watson's renowned late eighteenth century defence of biblical values from the perceived irreligion of Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. Written in the form of a series of letters to Paine, the text is populist in tone, reflecting the author's aim of appealing to the same class of reader as The Age of Reason. This is an important book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in the history of religious and political thought.

Future Minds How the Digital Age Is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters, and What We Can Do About It

Future Minds How the Digital Age Is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters, and What We Can Do About It

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2010

We are on the cusp of a revolution. Mobile phones, computers and iPods are commonplace in hundreds of millions of households worldwide, influencing how we think and shaping how we interact. In the future, smart machines will compete with clever people for employment and even human affection. We are shifting to a world where knowledge will be automated and people will be rewarded instead as conceptual and creative thinkers. Hence being able to think and act in ways that machines cannot will become vital. Ideas are the currency of this new economy and curiosity and imagination are among the key raw materials. But what happens to the rigour of our thinking in a world where we never really sit still or completely switch off? What are some of the unexpected consequences of digital information on the 100 billion cells and quadrillion connections inside our brains? Future Minds illustrates how to maximise the potential of digital technology and minimise its greatest downside, addressing the future of thinking and how we can ensure that we unleash the extraordinary potential of the human mind. In this absorbing new book, discover all about: the sex life of ideas; the rise of the screenager; generations, gender and geography; delving deep inside your head; how to clear a blocked brain; why clever people make dumb mistakes; why we are so afraid of doing nothing; what we can do to reclaim our brains.

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2010

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2010

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2010

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

An Address to the People of Great Britain. by R. Watson,

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2010

Future Files A Brief History of the Next 50 Years

Future Files A Brief History of the Next 50 Years

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2009

Wlliam Gladwell meets Alvin Toffler in this lively, provocative and witty look at our possible futures. Filled with provocative forecasts about how the world might change in the next half century, Future Files examines emerging patterns and developments in society, technology, economy, and business, and makes educated speculations as to where they might take us. It is indispensable to business analysts, strategists and organisations who need to stay ahead of the game as well as providing rich and fascinating material for dinner party conversations. Will machines become more intelligent than humans, and even be able to 'read' our minds? Will food in our fridge speak to each other using radio waves, then come up with options for tonight's menu? Is there a looming environmental crisis where Planet Earth is doomed? Would you like a pill that improves your memory? ...Or a moistened tissue that could erase a bad day? Would you feel safer if your front door could tell you whether the person knocking is not a stranger? These are just some of the provocative forecasts about how the world might change in the next half century which Richard Watson explores in Future Files .

Hanging Out With Jessica George

Hanging Out With Jessica George

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2009

Fixed/Mobile Convergence and Beyond Unbounded Mobile Communications

Fixed/Mobile Convergence and Beyond Unbounded Mobile Communications

Author: Richard Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2008

Mobile communications users are demanding increased reliability, functionality, and accessibility; they want always on access to voice, e-mail, text, and multimedia services as they roam from home to auto to office to outdoor/indoor locations. In addition, there is an increasing deamnd to replace separate landline/mobile telephones with a single handset that can be used wherever its owner might be. Answering those customer needs, fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) marries the mobility provided by cellular networks with the extended connectivity provided by 802.11-based WiFi services and integrates them with landline networks using a single handset. This book provides the theoretical and practical background necessary to successfully plan, develop, and deploy effective FMC networks. This book discusses the various 802.11 and VoIP protocols used in FMC networks, open and proprietary communications protocols, integration of FMC networks to wired telephone networks, mobilizing applications such as text messaging and video, security issues, mobile handset requirements for FMC networks, and the administration/management of FMC networks. Special attention is given to selecting appropriate components for FMC, and numerous case histories and examples from the author's experience are provided. This book is an essential tutorial and reference for any RF/wireless, communications, and networking professional who will work with the next generation of wireless networks.

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