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Agile Publishing Model.

Futurist David Houle

Welcome to the future!  The future of humanity and the future of publishing.

I am very excited about my new book Entering the Shift Age and the new model of publishing Sourcebooks has created, the Agile Publishing Model (APM). The APM is an innovative platform that allows authors to make their content available faster and in a more flexible format. For example, to suit your needs and interests as readers, Sourcebooks offers a variety of ways to purchase the content of Entering the Shift Age, either in individual parts (“mini eBooks”) or as a whole. (Check out “How to Purchase: The Agile Way”.) You can learn more about the APM by watching the video below.

This is part of the future of publishing. Now let’s turn toward our own future, the future of humanity.

We now live in the Shift Age, a time of transformation that will be regarded by future historians as one of the most significant periods in human history. The Shift Age is one of those inflection points or times when much of humanity will change how we live, how we think, how we interact with each other and what we do.



A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. Nanotechnology is therefore working at the atomic or molecular level.. A human hair is approximately 100,000 nanometers in width. To put it in persective, the common cliché used to explain the size of a nanometer is that a nanometer is to a meter what a marble is to Earth. It is generally accepted in 2012 that working on anything that is 100 nanometers or less is the realm of nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is already transforming many industries. Production, manufacturing and health care are all being profoundly affected by it. The ability to create and produce at this molecular level is already influencing computer chip design. It is creating new materials and altering the quality of existing materials. This will be one of the first significant market outcomes of nanotechnology; adding qualities or improving qualities of existing materials at the molecular level. The initial, low level use of nanotechnology was make clothing stain resistant.

Inevitably nanotechnology will move us into that major context of biology and technology merging. It will one of the technologies leading us to redefine the words “man made” and “life” and it will do this before the Transformation Decade [ Part Three] is over.


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