As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth

As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth If You Think The World Has Changed Dramatically In The Last Five Years, You Haven T Seen Anything YetYou Will Never Look At The World In The Same Way After Reading As The Future Catches You Juan Enriquez Puts You Face To Face With Unprecedented Political, Ethical, Economic, And Financial Issues, Dramatically Demonstrating The Cascading Impact Of The Genetic, Digital, And Knowledge Revolutions On All Our Lives Genetics Will Be The Dominant Language Of This Century Those Who Can Speak It Will Acquire Direct And Deliberate Control Over All Forms Of Life But Most Countries And Individuals Remain Illiterate In What Is Rapidly Becoming The Greatest Single Driver Of The Global Economy The Choice Is Simple Either Learn To Surf New And Powerful Waves Of Change Or Get Crushed Trying To Stop Them The Future Is Catching Us All Let It Catch You With Your Eyes Wide Open

Juan Enr quez Cabot is a Mexican American academic, businessman, speaker and best selling author.

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
  • Juan Enriquez
  • English
  • 07 February 2017
  • 9781400047741

10 thoughts on “As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth

  1. says:

    This interesting if dated work offers a decade old justification for the value of the natural sciences to our future To say it s an unconventional book may turn out to be a bit of an understatement I m immensely thankful that omitting the narrative never caught on broadly in the publishing industry I ll say merely that Enriquez does an adequate job filling 225 pages with tweets of a sort essentially bulleted facts and figures in defense of his broader theses 1 science and technology are the future of our species 2 there s lots of stuff going on that you should know about 3 nation states rise and fall on the basis of the education and scientific knowledge of their workforces Since the science he references is yesterday s news almost without exception , readers in 2010 are left to focus on Enriquez s claims about the fragility of the nation state and its future dependence on cultivating institutions of science and technology This is good news since his theories in this area are the most interesting part of the book Enriquez suggests that the recent history of most nations follows two basic paths the first is the typical backwards, corrupt, and repressive governance commonplace in South America, Africa, and some parts of Asia during the last thirty years The second path, is charachterized by the development of knowledge, ala the United States, South Korea, and Japan He references compelling statistics that show how diverse the economic trajectories of the two paths have become It s compelling stuff But armed with ten years of hindsight, it seems to me there is a third way, as exemplified by China, which became an economic powerhouse by providing inexpensive labor and manufacturing capacity to the global marketplace If you do not export knowledge, Enriquez posits you do not get rich Ten years later, we re through the looking glass on that, and while I d agree that the average Chinese may still teeter on the brink of poverty, it s also true that the People s Republic of China owns close to a trillion dollars in US government treasuries thanks to its inexpensive workforce and the fact that the industrialized world apparently doesn t make anything any an important consequence of the knowledge economy Enriquez champions In fact, Enriquez blithely ignores the reality that in the United States at least, the knowledge economy and globalization have marginalized whole sectors of the population These untold millions are simply in need of education, Enriquez might say Train them up and send them out to write HTML or genetically engineer something That ll fix it But even if that kind of wholesale retraining were an option for most people, we might have cause to wonder who ll be around in the end to stoke the engines of material productivity once we all become web designers and bio technicians If the future of every nation state and all its citizenry is keyboard based knowledge work, who s going to make stuff and fix things The robots We had all better hope so, because a ubiquitous knowledge economy leaves little room for anyone besides our mechanical replacements and the scientists who engineer them In fairness, there s a lot to like here, and on balance Enriquez got right than wrong in my opinion And if nothing else, it s entertaining to go back and read predictions from a decade ago and think about the decade to come Painful references to transformative economic powerhouses of the time, like AOL Time Warner and Yahoo, are particularly enjoyable From our post financial meltdown perch, it s a little too easy to chastize Enriquez for paying little mind to how technical stagnation can destroy private sector companies while belaboring its effects on nation states He can be forgiven for that, and I wonder in particular whether his attitude to government has changed, especially after hearing his TED speech from 2008 In that lecture, he talked about sustaining US entitlement programs in the midst of dark days in the financial world Maybe Enriquez sees a role for government after all The book closes with a nod to JM Roberts suggestion that history moves both faster and slower than we d expect It s the reason we don t have jet packs today, like everyone 50 years ago thought we would It s also the reason we can sequence DNA today, something nobody 50 years ago even knew existed That s a troubling paradox for society to consider, and one which obscures our ability to predict the outcomes of our scientific progress Indeed, it s difficult to read this book after only ten years have passed and feel reassured that we have any idea what tomorrow will bring.

  2. says:

    Mixing Apples, Orange and Floppy Disks Digital Code Code 0 1 0 1 , Computer, TV, Music , , Change Technology Literacy 1995 Genetic Code , , , Genetic Code 4 A T C G Digital Code Genetic Literacy Code A T C G Code Digital Code 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 If you change this code, just as if you change the code in floppy disk or on a CD, you change the message, the product and the outcome.

  3. says:

    great book as the author said you can stand on the sidelines and assume fate will guide things or you can help yourself, your family, your company and country as many scientific reading, many topics looks too close to fiction, but 14 years after this edition, the reality show us the importance to be constantly in education Today the tech approach ourselves to many ways to keep us intellectually active now depends of ourselves make the difference.

  4. says:

    I had high expectations of this book after hearing the author at a conference, I felt it was basic and dated The positives lie in its innovative format with a virtual debate with the reader The intriguing format also allowed for an improved focussed reading experience I found the scientific updates and global economics to be quite dated The publishers and author need to work on getting a lot of the debates updated esp on the rise of education in Africa, China and India and tech economy growth The author seems to know a fair bit on Latin America politics, but has limited understanding of history, technology development and economic growth in other parts of the world.

  5. says:

    Excelente libro Hace m s de 10 a os que lo le Da una visi n futurista del mundo y la econom a Dado que es un autor Mexico Americano, da crudos datos sobre M xico.A pesar de ser un libro, no tan nuevo, sigue dando muy buenas referencias y alertas sobre lo que deber amos hacer Muchas de sus predicciones hoy ya son un hecho.Finalmente, la estructura gr fica de como esta escrito lo hace un libro muy din mico y original.

  6. says:

    The author leads us to justify genetics s value by introducing several beneficial applications such as medical treatment, while doesn t mention about its potential risks in ecological context in the application to agriculture Also indeed genetics is a part of knowledge economy however it is illogical to justify genetics in justification of knowledge economy It must be inappropriate to measure the value of sciences by referring the amount of generated money and the number of patent requests.

  7. says:

    Reads like just a stream of random thoughts loosely or tightly connected to Genes Literally very hard to read large type, small type, italicized type, black type on white pages, white type on black pages.

  8. says:

    As I first time scanned through As The Future Catches You by Juan Enriquez, I knew it would be something totally different Typography of the book looked strange with lots of different font sizes and lots of free spaces throughout the book Even I was prepared, book was able to surprise me.Book turned out to be arrogant, irritating and controversial prophecy of how the future will turn out I have to say I hated the book many times, and I almost quit the book in half way There was still something interesting enough to keep me going The actual content of the book is in many points quite interesting to read There s lot of good facts about what s happening in the science currently in year 2001 and lots of good thoughts how the future might turn out to be It s just the way Juan Enriquez presents his thoughts that made me see red.Problem with a book that has controversial thoughts about the future is that anyone criticizing it s thoughts can be stamped to be old fashioned and not understanding anything about the trends of the future I think that s also the style how Juan Enriquez wrote the whole book It is meant to diss the people who don t believe in his thoughts and prophesies My full review here.

  9. says:

    A potentially a quick read but not if you ll be so enthralled by the interconnectedness of science history economics culture that you must stop to ponder what you ve read and then look at the endnotes That was me The alphabet, the printing press, the digital revolution, and now genomics at one time each was a new technology that redefined literacy And these r evolutions are coming at an ever faster rate each time by orders of magnitude in speed and knowledge How are humans to cope with ever changing knowledge and literacy demands He underscores the need for future generations to know how to learn This book should be mandatory reading for school boards and college professors.Enriquez brilliantly integrates widely divergent ideas into a view of the future Although he wrote As The Future a scant 10 years ago, his vision of the future reads like a widely curated news summary of our recent events yet it still feels like science fiction Enriquez reveals how present the future has become and how small is the number of people who will power it One passage to keep in mind What matters are the trends going on throughout the world, not the specific knowledge available today that will change by the end of the week.

  10. says:

    4 stars to the quality of the ideas presented in the book, 2 stars for the ridiculous writing style the author employed Personally, i felt like i was being talked down to the entire time does Enriquez really feel that unless he capitalized, italicized, and underlined every significant point which, one would be led to believe, is in almost every single sentence his readers would be left clueless Come on, trust us a little bit It actually reminded me of writing essays in high school, when you hadn t written quite six pages and messed with the font and spacing until it came out long enough This book has a similar feel, especially in light of the fact that almost every sentence ends with an ellipsis sp Do you remember when you discovered the power of dot dot dot Enriquez takes it to a whole new level I will admit that it changed the way i think about technology genomics and computers, specifically , and it was an incredibly quick read there are really only a few sentences of content on each page I just wish i could have read it without all the annoying quirks in the text Seriously, it hurt my eyes.

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