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Megachange: The World in 2050

  • The Stimulating, Provocative World of 2050 Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:34 AM ET
    World in Hand

    The next four decades will be full of the unexpected, since we live in an era of particularly rapid change. But Megachange is something to be embraced, not feared. Here's why.

Features

  • The Age Gap: Demographics Threatens Economies Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:33 AM ET
    Baby with Grandpa

    Demography has rarely made it onto the political agenda. But that is changing. These days you see news items about China's one-child policy, or gendercide. And you hear a lot about the aging of populations in rich countries and the health and pensions problems this will bring.

  • When investors think about the next 40 years, they should consider the lessons of the last 40. It makes an enormous difference when they started to save.

  • The Age of Big Data Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 4:36 PM ET

    As the cost of processing power and computer memory plummets while performance improves, society is able to do new things with all that information that it couldn't do before. Call it the age of big data.

  • 'Fiscal Nightmare' Not Based in Reality Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    Public spending on health has already lurched out of control, owing to expensive new technologies and malfunctioning medical markets. Here's why three reforms will be crucial.

  • Benefits of globalisation for growth are likely to remain heavily concentrated in the Asian powerhouses implies that over the next 40 years there will be a stunning shift in the distribution of global output.

Megachange Book Excerpts

  • Chapter 2: The Health of Nations Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    Sickness and disease are part of the human condition. There will be stunning advances in health care in the coming decades — and many new challenges.

  • Chapter 4: Friends Indeed Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:33 AM ET
    Mark Zuckerberg

    Always connected and always online: welcome to the social supercloud. The Facebook era of social networking is changing the notion of friendship and collaboration in several ways.

  • Chapter 11: The Age of Emerging Markets Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    By 2050 the big economies will no longer be emerging, and the emerging economies will no longer be very big.

  • Chapter 13: The Great Levelling Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    The gap between the world’s rich and poor will be far narrower in 2050. It will depend much less on where you live than on how educated you are.

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