Life in 2050

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We are on the threshold of a new
era. Our planet’s climate is at risk.
The century of oil is coming to an
end, and the world’s energy supply
must be put on a new and
sustainable foundation. In 2050 the
number of people living in cities
will be almost as large as the
world’s entire population today —
and for the first time in history,
there will be more senior citizens
than children and young people.
That’s why researchers, inventors,
and engineers must be more
creative today than ever before.
Computers as medical assistants,
robots as household servants,
sensory organs for electric cars,
buildings as energy traders, farms
in skyscrapers, ceilings made of
light, power plants in deserts and
on the high seas, supercomputers
the size of peas, virtual
universities, online factories —
these are not visions but almost
tangible realities in laboratories
worldwide.
For ten years now the magazine
Pictures of the Future has been
exploring the world of tomorrow.
In 20 issues comprising over 2,000
pages, Pictures of the Future has
been investigating future trends
and identifying the important
technologies that will shape our
lives in the coming decades. In the
new book Life in 2050, Ulrich
Eberl, Editor-in-Chief of Pictures of
the Future, provides for the first
time a compact, clearly structured
summary of the key developments
that will determine how we live in
the decades ahead. Considered in
the light of trends in society,
business, and politics, these
developments point the way
forward as we journey into the
future.
The book is intended primarily for
young readers who are curious
about how innovations are born,
how various developments affect
one another, which professions are
needed, and how they can help to
invent tomorrow’s world. But
staying informed about the work of
today’s research centers and
industrial companies is important
for everyone — from
schoolchildren and college students
to researchers,...
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