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Megachange: The World in 2050 by John Andrews, Daniel Franklin

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Introduction: meet megachange

Daniel Franklin

IT WAS 250,000 YEARS BEFORE the world’s population reached 1 billion, around 1800. But it took only a dozen years for mankind to add its latest billion, passing 7 billion in October 2011, by the United Nations’ official count. This is megachange: change on a grand scale, happening at remarkable speed. It is all around us. Technology is spreading astonishingly fast – think of the internet, mobile phones and the oceans of information now captured on computers or transmitted via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The global economy is tilting towards Asia in front of our eyes. All this is having a deep impact on people’s lives, businesses’ strategies, countries’ politics and the planet’s prospects. ...

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