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From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to prepare for the world of tomorrow.

From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to prepare for the world of tomorrow.

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, spreading across the world, there is a crisis of confidence in progress.

To a large degree, the history of the foreseeable future will be about the relationship between people and technologies developed by a tiny handful of designers and developers. These inventions will undoubtedly change our lives, but – as they transform the media, the economy, healthcare, education, work, and the home – there is the persistent question of whose interests are being served. Are these technologies here for our benefit? Or are we here for theirs?

Richard Watson hereby extends an exuberant invitation for us to think deeply about the world of today and carefully consider what kind of future we really want to create.


Richard Watson doesn’t write like your average futurist. He’s interested in people, not machines, and so his analysis of the way our world is changing has a very human and accessible quality. Most futurists seek to sell you a vision of the future, but Richard’s there to help show you the way

Antony Funnell, presenter of ABC Radio National Future Tense

Witty and wise; critical but balanced

Theodore Zeldin, author of The Hidden Pleasures of Life

A remarkable and important book, which examines our possible futures with great humanity and a clear eye. Everyone should read it

Lavie Tidhar, author of A Man Lies Dreaming

The issues he addresses are pertinent, the questions he asks are incisive, and the ideas he assembles are tantalising

Dr Jules Goddard, fellow, London Business School

With Digital vs Human, Richard Watson has put himself at the vanguard of a new movement of progressive thinkers. This is a fascinating book — at once enthusiastic about the opportunities of the future and sceptical of the blind faith which fails to ask an all important question: where, exactly, are the lights of progress leading us?

Luke O’Sullivan, editor of Quadrapheme

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    May 2, 2016

    Scribe Publications

    288 pages

    RRP $35.00

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The Order of Time
The Body Keeps The Score
The Gene
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WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us
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