There seems to be a trend for books about the future (who saw this coming?). I’ve just read two more. The first – and best – is The Next 100 Years by George Friedman. The first half of the book is concerned with some familiar trends. The second half is a scenario for a future war. Friedman can be a bit US-centric but overall it’s pretty fabulous. Totally recommended.
The second book is A Brief History of the Future by Jacques Attali. This book is again in two halves. The first half is very interesting but I think it goes off the rails in the second half. I suspect that this might be due to the translation from the French. Still a good read.
PS — My own book Future Files: A History of the next 50 years is coming out in an updated edition in Aus/NZ towards the end of the year.