By Tom Standage
From the economic revolution to the railway age, in the course of the period of electrification, the appearance of mass construction and at last to the details age, an identical development retains repeating itself. an exhilarating, shiny section of innovation and fiscal hypothesis is by means of a crash, and then starts off an extended, extra stately interval within which the expertise is really deployed accurately. This ebook examines the post-technology period, drawing at the top writing on expertise that has seemed within the Economist * half one seems at themes reminiscent of the ''greying'' (maturing) of IT, the transforming into value of safety, the increase of outsourcing and the problem of complexity, all of that have extra to do with implementation than innovation. * half seems on the shift from company computing in the direction of shopper know-how wherein new applied sciences now seem first in shopper instruments corresponding to cellphones. issues coated will comprise the emergence of the cellphone because the electronic ''Swiss Army'' knife; the increase of electronic cameras, which now outsell film-based ones; the becoming dimension and significance of the video games and its ever-closer hyperlinks with different extra conventional components of the leisure undefined; and the social effect of applied sciences equivalent to textual content messaging, wireless and digicam telephones. * half 3 considers which know-how will lead the following nice section of technological disruption and focuses biotechnology, strength expertise and nanotechnology.