The Future of Technology

The Future of Technology

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From the industrial revolution to the railway age, through the era of electrification, the advent of mass production, and finally to the information age, the same pattern keeps repeating itself. An exciting, vibrant phase of innovation and financial speculation is followed by a crash, after which begins a longer, more stately period during which the technology is actually deployed properly. This collection of surveys and articles from The Economist examines how far technology has come and where it is heading. Part one looks at topics such as the a€œgreyinga€ (maturing) of IT, the growing importance of security, the rise of outsourcing, and the challenge of complexity, all of which have more to do with implementation than innovation. Part two looks at the shift from corporate computing towards consumer technology, whereby new technologies now appear first in consumer gadgets such as mobile phones. Topics covered will include the emergence of the mobile phone as the a€œdigital Swiss Army knifea€; the rise of digital cameras, which now outsell film-based ones; the growing size and importance of the games industry and its ever-closer links with other more traditional parts of the entertainment industry; and the social impact of technologies such as text messaging, Wi-Fi, and camera phones. Part three considers which technology will lead the next great phase of technological disruption and focuses on biotechnology, energy technology, and nanotechnology.Indeed, in 2003, Honda and Toyota sold about the same number of hybrids in America. In 2004, however ... way that the Honda Civic, which is available in both petrol and hybrid versions, does not.) It is the first hybrid to ... As the aquot;stop-startaquot; name implies, the engine shuts off when the vehicle comes to a halt. An integratedanbsp;...

Title:The Future of Technology
Author:Tom Standage
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2005-08-01


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