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The Future Engine

How Science Fiction Impacts Business and Technology and How to Profit from Its Prophets

By (author) Alex Lightman
Format: Hardback
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Published: 12th Apr 2002
ISBN-10: 0471214744
ISBN-13: 9780471214748
Barcode No: 9780471214748
The future of investing is now. Many people think of science fiction as simply a fantastical distraction for readers, influenced by science but not useful in a practical sense. In "The Future Engine", however, technology expert Alex Lightman demonstrates that science fiction has led to some of the most significant inventions known to man, including the atomic bomb, the laser, computers and satellite technology. Indeed, the author's championing of the wearable, wireless computer, whose creation was heavily influenced by science fiction, launched his own distinguished career. Drawing upon personal experience, dozens of interviews with giants in science and technology, and fascinating case studies, Lightman explains how science fiction can powerfully influence business and how you the investor can "profit from its prophets."

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