Book Recommendations: Future Minds

Richard Watson writes Now and Next and is regarded as one of Britain’s foremost Futurists. I recommend subscribing to his Brainmail updates (“keeping brains healthy since 2004!).

Future Minds

Future Minds: How The Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It

The book is a cautionary tale about the superficiality of the digital world. Our minds are changing, but are we retaining the capacity to think deeply?

“We’re rocketing into the digital age at breakneck speed: a culture of rapid response with no time for reflection or focus. Losing the ability to think in a deep, creative way, we are in danger of raising a new generation that has plenty of answers but few good questions: the Screenager.

Drawing on the latest research, renowned futurist Richard Watson looks at the ways that screen culture is shaping the future and changing the way we think. In Future Minds he asks: are we becoming addicted to data? How do we go about starting a digital diet and clearing a blocked brain? In this book you’ll find thought-provoking and practical suggestions about reclaiming the space and time to think deeply. It’s time to go with the slow flow.”

Future Files

If you want to know what is going to happen in the next 50 years, you also want to read Richard’s excellent book “Future Files”.

Publishers Weekly puts it beautifully:

“Cheaper than a crystal ball and twice as fun…Part Jules Verne, part Malcolm Gladwell, Watson has a puckish sense of humor and his book is a thought-provoking, laughter-inducing delight.”

Future Files

Future Files: A Brief History of the Next 50 Years

Further Reading on the Future of Technology and Society