The Dilbert Future by Scott Adams

Posted November 15, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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The Dilbert Future by Scott AdamsThe Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century by Scott Adams
Series: Dilbert: Business #3
Published by Boxtree on September 1st 1998
Genres: Nonfiction, Humour
Pages: 258
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

Step aside, Bill Gates! Here comes today′s real technology guru and his totally original, laugh-out-loud New York Times bestseller that looks at the approaching new millennium and boldly predicts: more stupidity ahead.

In The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert′s Top Secret Management Handbook, Scott Adams skewered the absurdities of the corporate world. Now he takes the next logical step, turning his keen analytical focus on how human greed, stupidity and horniness will shape the future. Featuring the same irresistible amalgam of essays and cartoons that made Adams previous works so singularly entertaining, this uproariously funny, dead-on-target tome offers half-truthful, half-farcical predictions that push all of today′s hot buttons - from business and technology to society and government.

Children - they are our future, so we′re pretty much hosed. Tip: Grab what you can while they′re still too little to stop us.

Human Potential - we′ll finally learn to use the 90 percent of the brain we don′t use today, and find out that there wasn′t anything in that part.

Computers - Technology and homeliness will combine to form a powerful type of birth control.

Main points

This book was great. It was funny from the start, and I wouldn’t expect any less from Scott Adams. Disclaimer: I like his comics, and I would count them among my favourites, but it’s pretty hit or miss. Some I get right away and find hilarious and others I don’t. But this book was much funnier than any of his cartoons. Only maybe the first few chapters were laugh-out-loud funny the entire time, but later chapters did have a few great moments. It ended on a rather serious note. But it was all very good and interesting. Now you have to look at this book in a historical context—it’s meant to predict the future, and it was first published in 1997 (the same decade I was born, in fact), and you have to recognise that a LOT has changed in the past two decades. I don’t even think he mentions cell phones because they weren’t quite ubiquitous yet, although computers were. I think pagers were about as portable as he got in terms of personal tech. But that said, some of his predictions came true, some definitely didn’t, and some still might. It’s really cool to think about, because it offers true historical insight (in a way I can actually comprehend, i.e. through humour). I can relate how he describes the 1997 world to what I know about my parents’ lives around the time of my birth. In some ways the world was a lot simpler then, but in other ways it was still more complicated than I could comprehend (when he talks about ISDNs or some acronym that I kept confusing with ISBN). And in a very basic way, not much has changed at all. A lot of his predictions were for the very grand future, and those things may still yet come to pass. Some of his predictions involved technology branching off in ways different from what ended up happening. Some of his predictions were basic enough to hold true in probably all circumstances. (His most frequent assertions were that people were inherently stupid, lazy, and horny.) Some predictions I’m sure he made just for the fun of it, or rather wishful thinking. Those probably won’t come to pass. But it was all very relatable. I think this book will be enjoyed many years into the future. This was my first Dilbert book—I don’t even have a collection of the comics, I am ashamed to say, though I definitely will someday (I shall raise my kids on comics as I was). I actually just noticed that it was the third in a series; it happened to be the first my library had available to loan to me. So I shall definitely be reading more of them. I have another waiting on my shelf. I laughed a lot, learned a lot, and was thoroughly satisfied and entertained.

  reaction upon finishing

Wow, got real sciencey there.

this book in one word

insightful (;

About Scott Adams

Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.
He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Adams is also a trained hypnotist, as well as a vegetarian.
He married Shelly Miles on July 22, 2006.

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