Having read "Whats Next" by Chris Patten and also "The 6 killer apps of the west" Niall Ferguson
I have especially enjoyed reading "The wealth and poverty of nations" by Landes that Im reading now!
One quote especially that I sought out on the web:
"If we were to prophesy that in the year 1930 a population of fifty millions, better fed, clad, and lodged than the English of our time, will cover these islands, that Sussex and Huntingdonshire will be wealthier than the wealthiest parts of the West Riding of Yorkshire now ......that machines constructed on principles yet undiscovered, will be in every house..... many people would think us insane. "
Makes the point so well about technology and social predictions or not!