Executive Editor of The Economist since 2003, Daniel Franklin has also been editor of The Economist’s annual publication, The World in… which focuses on the year ahead. His book on long-term trends, Megachange: The World in 2050 was published in 2012, and its successor, Megatech: Technology in 2050, followed in 2017.
Daniel joined The Economist in 1983 to write about Soviet and East European affairs. As the newspaper’s Europe Editor from 1986 to 1992 he covered the great European upheavals, from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty. After a stint as Britain Editor he moved to the United States as Washington Bureau Chief. In 1997 he moved back to London as Editorial Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he helped to transform a traditional print publisher into an online business providing continuously updated country analysis and forecasts. From 2006 to 2010 he was Editor-in-Chief of Economist.com, overseeing the integration of print and web editorial operations and helping to turn The Economist online into a dynamic destination for global analysis and debate. He then served as Business Affairs Editor for four years, running the paper’s coverage of business, finance, science and technology. His special report on corporate social responsibility, Just good business, was published in January 2008.
In Daniel Franklin’s Megatech, distinguished scientists, industry leaders, star academics and acclaimed science-fiction writers join journalists from The Economist to explore answers to these questions: Where will technology have taken us by 2050? How will it affect the way we live? And how far are we willing to let it go? Twenty experts in the field, including Nobel prize-winner Frank Wilczek, Silicon Valley venture-capitalist Ann Winblad, philanthropist Melinda Gates and science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds identify the big ideas, fantastic inventions and potentially sinister trends that will shape our future.