Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.
Entertaining, insightful, inacurate
The next 10 years: same author: actually entirely different & also worth reading. I recommend Ray Kurzweil: both Singularity is Near & Age of Spiritual Machines.
Space war w/ Japan... implausible, but fun. It simply will NOT happen, at least not as early as he stated. Not due to inability tho. I am glad such a credible person with such a credible audience would make such an audacious storyline. I am glad this piece of fiction was in there.
Lessons from history still relevant & driving forces today & tomorrow.
Friedman is in my top 5 favorite authors after this book.
The book would have been better if the author had been open to other (political and social) points of view and opposing factors at play in society. The author makes many assumptions and ignores other data that would affect the possible outcomes for his projections. For instance, most of his projections are based upon a decreasing reproduction rate in the 21st century; however, he never accounts for the anticipated Baby Boom "echo" that is projected.
I enjoyed some of the technology projections regarding robotics. I also enjoyed some of the comments regarding birth rate trends, both past and future; however, the author took this one thought way too far throughout the book.
I would cut all the "Star Wars" junk. and much of the slanted political and social crap. It took away from the credibility of the author. A couple of ideas that were presented early on in the book were so belabored throughout the book that listening became tedious. My comments as editor: "Less is More!"
The author's liberal-minded attitude toward persons with opposing political and social views was offensive. His comment that people with conservative points-of-view are not well educated displayed narrow-mindedness and down-right ignorance. Such comments cause one to question the validity of anything else the author has to say.
This has some interesting parts as far as current world situation is concerned, however very soon the book goes into far out way ward forecasting with any possible reasonable logic. Too much guesses and predictions made on hunch of the author without any concrete evidence.
This is an awesome book. I strongly recommend it. It is very entertaining and very educational. The book is fascinating.
I know this book would be too long and little read with full explanations of the predictions but the star wars scerario at the end left me more unbelieving then impressed.
It helps to have the book & maps to understand how he ties countrries and their reactions. You may not realize how large Poland is.
Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me
I was so excited initially when I got this book. It started really strong with lots of insights that was useful and the way of thinking was rational and enjoyable. Eventually, the discussions started building up a scenario that felt like a fiction story and i believe defeated the purpose of the book. Also, the book tackled the next one hundred years from one angle and didn't discuss many concerns such as the environment or effect of technology on our lives.
In a way, the book gave me a better prospective of life, but it could have been built up much better than this.
Not only is this uninteresting but it has a decided bias. If you want a Republican view of the next 100 years, read away. If you want a more balanced view, this book isn't for you.
I found the first half of "The Next 100 Years" was mostly fascinating. In the second half, however, I felt Mr. Friedman became too carried away with his own fictional scenario. This required suspension of disbelief beyond my ability.
In his summation, his dismissal of global warming as having any significant impact on the geopolitics of the future -- on the basis that birth rate trends and technology will solve the problem -- ignores the possibility that a tipping point may be reached too early in the 21st century for any reversal therefrom.
This book was NOT what I had in mind. I was hoping for predictions of science, technology, pandemics, evolution, ecology, etc. But this book is entirely about geopolitics. UGH!
What's worse, it is very U.S.A.-centric. OK, the US has a strong economy and an aggressive foreign policy. But this book puts America front and centre (notice the Canadian spelling) as the overwhelmingly dominant force for the next century. Maybe Friedman is right. But I'm not convinced. This book presents a narrative of how things might unfold, but ignores the unpredictable. I simply found it mostly uninteresting.
I absolutely enjoyed this book! Listen to this book because it will truly explain how the US got to where it is today and where it is going. It's an amazing lesson in history.