Will the future be one of economic expansion, greater tolerance, liberating inventions, and longer, happier lives? Or do we face economic stagnation, declining quality of life, and a technologically enhanced totalitarianism worse than any yet seen? The Fabulous Future? America and the World in 2040 draws its inspiration from a more optimistic time, and tome, The Fabulous Future: America in 1980, in which Fortune magazine celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary by publishing the predictions of thought leaders of its time.
In the present volume, the world’s leading specialists from diverse fields project developments in their areas of expertise, from religion and the media to the environment and nanotechnology. Will we be happier, and what exactly does happiness have to do with our economic future? Where is higher education heading and how should it develop? And what is the future of prediction itself? These exciting essays provoke sharper questions, reflect unexpectedly on one another, and testify to our present anxieties about the surprising world to come.
Introduction: The Future of Prediction Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
Part One: Wealth, Health, and Happiness
The Future of Economic Growth: Slowing to a Crawl Robert J. Gordon
Longer and Healthier Lives? Eileen M. Crimmins
A Happier World? Richard A. Easterlin
Part Two: Politics, Religion, and Human Rights
The World in 2040 Robert L. Gallucci
The Future of American Religion Eboo Patel
Freedom’s Future Wendy Kaminer
Part Three: Science, Technology, and the Environment
Especially of the Future Mark A. Ratner
The Era of Answers John Kelly III
Bridging the Gap between Knowing and Doing: The New Environmental Governance Mark R. Tercek and Jimmie Powell
Part Four: Education, Communication, and Society
The Future of Higher Education in the United States (and the World) Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
Media of the Future Arianna Huffington
The Future of Fear Mongering Barry Glassner
Conclusion: The World To Be Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro
"I found the book to be fascinating reading, a perfect companion to take along to the beach, discuss with colleagues at an office happy hour, or even with friends at a weekend barbeque. Morson and Schapiro clearly want to stimulate a current discussion about our loftiest aspirations and greatest fears." —Stuart N. Brotman, The Brookings Institution
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