The Way We Will Be 50 Years from Today: 60 Of The World's Greatest Minds Share Their Visions of the Next Half-Century

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Mike Wallace
Thomas Nelson, Aug 24, 2009 - Political Science - 250 pages
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The world is an uncertain place, which is why the future and the unknown absolutely fascinate us. Veteran television journalist Mike Wallace asked the question "What will life be like 50 years from now?" to sixty of the world's greatest minds. Their responses offer a fascinating glimpse into the cultural, scientific, political, and spiritual moods of the times. Edited and with an introduction by Mike Wallace, this book provides an imaginative and thought-provoking look into our collective soul and the critical issues that underlie our hopes, prayers, fears, and dreams for life in the 21st century.

Contributors include former presidents, leading scientists, noted writers and artists, respected religious leaders, and current political figures, including:

  • Vint Cerf, Vice President of Google; known as a "Father of the Internet"
  • Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., a geneticist who led the Human Genome Project
  • Dr. Wanda Jones, Director of the Office on Women's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ray Kurzweil, an inventor whose developments include the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind and the first text-to-speech synthesizer
  • General James E. Cartwright, Commander of United States Strategic Command
  • Kim Dae-jung, the former President of the Republic of Korea
  • Ronald Noble, Secretary General of Interpol
  • Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize winner; called "the father of the Green Revolution"
  • Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director UNICEF, first former volunteer to serve as director of Peace Corp, and current president and CEO of World Learning
  • Gerardus 't Hooft, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands; Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Craig Newmark, Internet pioneer and founder of craigslist

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The apparent contradiction between the title and subtitle may confuse readers, but once they get past that, they'll find longtime 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace explaining in his introduction ... Read full review


33 Leon E Panetta and James D Watkins Go Green by Thinking Blue
34 Aaron Ciechanover The Paradox
35 Elias A Zerhouni The Transformation
36 Nancy G Brinker A World without Breast Cancer
37 Stanley B Prusiner Hope for People with Brain Diseases
38 Victor Sidel A Physicians View of the Future
39 Claude Mandil Clean Energy for Progress
40 Nancy Ho CO2 for Good

Todays Baby Reaches Middle Age
10 Craig Newmark Blogging from the Future
11 Ray Kurzweil Progress Accelerates Exponentially
12 Thomas C Schelling An Economist Predicts
14 James E Cartwright Deciphering the MegaTrends
15 Jody Williams Will We Be 50 Years from Today?
16 Kim Daejung The Era of Great Change Is Coming
17 Ronald Noble The Future of Crime
18 Norman E Borlaug The Future of Food
19 Richard Clarke What Does It Mean to Be Human?
20 Richard Restak A Brain Scientists Perspective
21 Sandra Postel In Harmony with Earths Water Cycle
22 Gerardust Hooft How Will Science Transform Human Society?
23 Shigeo Hirose Where Are All the Robots?
24 Peter Doherty Wind Farming in Pollyanna Land
25 Stuart L Pimm Letters to My Grandchildren and GreatGrandchildren
26 Malcolm Bricklin Future Cars and the Jetsons
27 Abdulla Salem ElBadri A World without Borders
28 Lee H Hamilton Technology Security and Liberty in 50 Years
29 Steven Beckwith Our Place in the Universe
30 Tim Mack Snapshot of a World with the New Nation of California
31 Marian Wright Edelman Our Children Our Future
32 Valli Moosa Landscapes and Living Conditions
41 Michael Shermer To Open the World to All People
42 Joseph L Bryant The View as I Glide By
43 Barry Marshall One Tuesday in Australia
44 Carl Pope Daniel Becker and Allison Forbes WakeUp Call on Global Warming
50 Years into the Future
46 Gregory A Poland Leaps and Eurekas
Living in a Brave New World with AgeOld Scourges
48 Carol Bellamy The Age of the Global Citizen
49 James Canton Some Words from Dr Future
50 Douglas Osheroff Some Warnings Some Worries and a Call for Leadership
51 Lyman Page How Our Knowledge Will Increase
52 Carol M Browner We Will Have Learned Our Lesson
53 Richard Dawkins The Future of the Soul
54 Peter Marra A BirdsEye View of the Next 50 Years
55 Nsedu ObotWitherspoon Global Climate Change and Our Children
56 William H Meadows A Way Back to Wilderness
The Bad the Good and the Ugly
58 John C Mather Always So Much More to Discover
Revolutions and Repercussions
Rescue or Ruin?

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Mike Wallace, May 9, 1918 - Mike Wallace was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 9, 1918. He attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduating college, Wallace became a newscaster announcer and continuity writer for the local radio station, Wood Wash, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1939 to 1940. In 1940, he joined WXYZ Radio in Detroit Michigan for a year as a newscaster, narrator and announcer on such shows as The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet. He then became a freelance radio worker in Chicago, Illinois, as an announcer for the soap opera Road of Life, from 1941 to 1942, as well as Ma Perkins, and The Guiding Light. He acted in The Crime Files of Flamon, was a news radio announcer for the Chicago Sun's Air Edition from 1941 to 1943. In 1943, Wallace joined the U.S. Navy for three years until 1946. From 1946 till 48 he announced radio programs such as Curtain Time, Fact or Fiction, and Sky King. He was the host of Mike and Buff with his wife, in New York City, from 1950 to 1953, and the host of various television and radio shows as well as narrator of various documentaries from 1951 to 1959 Wallace starred in the Broadway comedy Reclining Figure, in 1954. He joined the organized news department for DuMont's WABD-TV in 1955, became an anchor in newscasts and a host for various interview shows from 1956 to 1963. Wallace has been a CBS News staff correspondent since 1963 and the co-editor and co-host of 60 Minutes since 1968. He is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, of which he was the executive vice-president from 1960 to 1961. He has received 18 Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards in both 1963 and 1971, the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award in 1971 and 1983. Wallace has written books about his experiences in interviewing some of the most famous people in the world as well as his own life experiences, such as, "Mike Wallace Asks: Highlights from 46 Controversial Interviews, "A Mike Wallace Interview with William O. Douglas, "Close Encounters," with Gary Paul Gates, "60 Minutes Into the 21st Century!" and "5 Badfellas: In a Lifetime of Interviewing, It's Not the Heads of State You Remember But the Guys Named 'Lunchy.'

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