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COVER STORY The Strange Case of the Vanishing Safe Schools Resources

EDITORIAL By-elections will test Shorten's 'politics of envy' strategy

ASIA-PACIFIC AFFAIRS A modest proposal for Australia's regional security

CANBERRA OBSERVED Odds are that Labor won't Albo Bill aside

TECHNOLOGY Wonder carbon material on cusp of commercialisation

ENVIRONMENT Electric vehicles still only for elitist planet savers

ENERGY SECURITY Steam rail backup could get us out of hot water

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT NEG papers over crisis behind energy price hikes

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing goes 'boo', Qantas gets in a flap

EUTHANASIA Death with dignity, or putting Death to death?

HUMOUR

MUSIC Aural wallpaper: The background hiss to our lives

CINEMA Ant-Man and the Wasp: Downsized superheroes

BOOK REVIEW Timely essays on religious freedom

BOOK REVIEW Fraudulent father of psychoanalysis

POETRY

LETTERS

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Richard Watson

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On most measures that matter, we’ve never had it so good. Physically, life for humankind has improved immeasurably over the last 50 years. Yet there is a crisis of progress slowly spreading across the world. Perhaps this is due to a failure of vision; in the 1960s we dreamed of flying cars and moon hotels; what we’ve ended up with are status updates and cat videos.

To a large degree, the history of the next 50 years will be about the relationship between people and technologies created by a tiny handful of designers and developers. These inventions will undoubtedly change our lives. But the question is, to what end?

What do we want these technologies to achieve on our behalf? What are they capable of, and – as they transform the media, the economy, healthcare, education, work, and the home – what kind of lives do we want to lead?

Richard Watson hereby extends an exuberant invitation for us to think deeply about the world of today and envision what kind of world we wish to create in the future. In a fascinating and accessible way, Digital vs Human examines the possible effects of technology on every area of our lives.

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Richard Watson is a writer, speaker, and strategist who works with leadership teams to challenge existing thinking about what is obvious or inevitable. He is also the founder and publisher of What’s Next, a website that documents global trends, and the co-founder, with Oliver Freeman and Andrew Crosthwaite, of Futures House Europe, a specialist scenario planning consultancy. Richard is the author of the bestselling book Future Files (Scribe), which has been translated into 14 languages. He lectures regularly in London Business School’s Executive Education programs.


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