Technolife 2035: How Will Technology Change Our Future?

Technology constantly evolves, usually slowly and insidiously – but always just as surely. Things that are currently being developed in laboratories will be in the public domain as different products and applications perhaps as soon as in a few years’ time, and as more refined versions in around ten years’ time.

This book deals with the future of technology, and explores the influence new technologies may have on life within the next twenty years. It is divided into three parts, the first of which discusses technological development and the forces and counter-forces related to it. This section also reviews how advances in technology are forecasted, and what kinds of parties make these predictions, and provides examples of forecasts for the next couple of decades.

The second part of the book investigates the various areas of technology and their related trends. This section discusses current technological studies which may have concrete impacts in everyday life in a few decades, such as those in the fields of energy, transportation, biotechnology, materials, ICT, robotics, medical technology and space technology.

The third part of the book introduces the authors’ visions of how technology may develop by 2035, and presents three different scenarios, or future worlds. These will demonstrate the possible directions in which technological development can take us. The scenarios are introduced through two main characters, Romeo and Juliet (adapted from Shakespeare’s play) in the year 2035. Even though technology is constantly changing, the writers believe that, even years into the future, the significance of human relations will remain the greatest influence on human life.

Elina Hiltunen is a futurist, keynote speaker, writer, columnist and consultant. She has an MSc in Chemical Engineering, and a Doctor of Science degree in Business Administration. She currently runs her own business, What’s Next Consulting (, specializing in strategy consulting, and scenario and weak signal hunting. Her book Foresight and Innovation: How are Companies Coping with the Future? was published in 2013.

Kari Hiltunen is a futurist, and worked in the area of technology industrialization for decades. He has extensive experience in bringing new technologies from early idea to mass production, and has spent the majority of his professional career working in the electronic industry. He holds a Doctor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering with a specialisation in biodegradable plastics, and has published several articles in various scientific journals. He has also several patents, and currently lives in Espoo, Finland.

"'He who predicts the future is lying, even when he is right,' according to an old saying. Courageously, the authors of this extraordinary book – two prominent Finnish futurists – quote this adage themselves in the Introduction. Indeed, this is the book like no other. The Hiltunens have come up with something that was very much needed: a book of futuristic analysis of technological trends which is accessible to almost everyone, not just to scientists and engineers, albeit the latter will undoubtedly enjoy reading it too."

Vitali Vitaliev Engineering & Technology, 11:1 (2016)

"In addition to providing a comprehensive overview of technology forecasting methodologies, the authors offer an insightful vision of where technologies may lead us into the future."

Foresight Signals Newsletter, 2:3 (13.01.2016)

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ISBN: 1-4438-7460-4

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7460-1

Release Date: 27th May 2015

Pages: 360

Price: £29.99