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Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (TED Books Book 15) [Kindle Edition]

Parag Khanna , Ayesha Khanna
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Book Description

Technology futurists Ayesha and Parag Khanna (whom Esquire magazine calls one of the 75 people who will influence the 21st century) declare that we are rapidly moving from a point of co-existence with technology to a phase of co-evolution with it. In the Hybrid Age, technology is ubiquitous (with trillions of sensors coating our environment), intelligent (devices communicating with each other as well as with us), and social (encouraging us to develop emotional relationships with it). Technology no longer just processes our instruction; it has its own agency, and we respond to it as much as it responds to us. What this means for societies and individuals, as well as communities and nations, is truly world changing. How will we respond and adapt?

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Hybrid Reality is an enormously important contribution to our thinking about how to create a better tomorrow. It studiously ties technology to our deepest political and economic patterns, and gives a lucid portrayal of the technologies re-shaping our lives tod. The Khanna’s case for a Pax Technologica is a mission we should all share.”
- Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE and Chairman, Singularity University

“The Khannas have presented a visionary synthesis of the world on the horizon. Their research is exhaustive and exhilarating, and their hopefulness inspiring.”
- Alvin and Heidi Toffler, bestselling authors of Future Shock, The Third Wave, Revolutionary Wealth and more

Hybrid Reality effortlessly bridges many examples of our deepening entanglement with technology – from avatars to augmented reality to social robots – with profound and plausible scenarios for how our very sense of self will change. This book will prepare you for the future.”
- Jeremy Bailenson, Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), Stanford University

Hybrid Reality is a profoundly optimistic book. For all those who fear the future for their children, Ayesha and Parag Khanna have given you a hundred reasons for hope. The range of ideas and forces creating new potentials will give the reader a strong foundation for understanding the accelerating change all around us and the tools for navigating an astonishing new world.”
- Peter Schwartz, co-founder, Global Business Network (GBN) and author of The Art of the Long View and Inevitable Surprises

Hybrid Reality has captured the inexorable integration and symbiosis of technology with the human condition. Yes, we are shaped by technology — but somehow, wonderfully, we are shaping it to transform our institutions and our world as well. The Khannas have invented a new language to talk about this emerging reality. Let’s talk.”
- Don Tapscott, best-selling (co-)author of 14 books, most recently Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet

Product Details

  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (May 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085BLPW8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I read a very provocative and negative review of this book In the new republic by evgeny morozov (google it). Curious, i came to amazon to check out the book and saw all five star rave reviews!! I wondered how everyone who read the book could love it so much.
Amazon reviews are imprtant for we trust in the integrity of the reviews. However, when i looked up each one of the above reviewers, they have all written only about khanna's books! And his wife's books!! None of the reviewers have any reviews of any other books on kindle or amazon to their credit. Clearly, these are the authors friends who are trying to skew the amazon reviews and change how this book appears on amazon book lists.
This is very disingenuous.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Technobabble August 26, 2012
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Do you constantly use terms like "coordinate hierarchy" and "emergent systems" when you are trying to impress your friends? Do you like stringing together long words that you don't understand in order to sound more intelligent than other people? Do you like learning unrelated statistics that don't seem to lead to any conclusion? Then this is the book for you!
Parag and Ayesha Khanna don't know quite what the future holds, but they know it's gonna be scary. They could be considered bold futurists had this book been published in 1988. Lookout for Asia! They're more accustomed to being genetically altered and having chips inserted in their brain stems than you are. Did you know cell phones are going to play a big role in social change? Did you know the internet will change the way money is exchanged? There are many insights just like this in Hybrid Reality.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Corporate Buzzword Technobabble BS February 13, 2013
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This book epitomizes the current corporate practice of stringing together a bunch of technobabble BS and irrelevant statistics and labeling it insight. Don't bother.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars uncritical examination of technology and culture September 22, 2012
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This book is an uncritical examinations of technology and culture in which the only conclusions the authors seem capable of drawing regards today's complex global socio-economic reality are that almost all contemporary social and economic problems can be solved by participation in the borderless neo-liberal economy and a shared religious like faith in the technological innovation that it facilitates.

The fact that Ayesha Khanna is an advisor to the Singularity University - many of whose faculty of techno-inititates hold an almost millennial belief in a "singularity" or an end of history like event after which it will become possible to digitize and upload human consciousness into "spiritual machines"- certainly helps to explain the authors techno-zealotry.

Using the work of Alvin and Heidi Toffler as a jumping off point (one sees in the Khannas' interpretation of "Future Shock" why the books is also a favorite of Newt Gingrich) the Khannas' weave a narrative about the what a glorious future is in store for all those who learn to appropriate the new technologies to become aspiring entrepreneurs of the digital age.

The Khannas' appear to view Asian authoritarian capitalism, such as practiced in China or Singapore, as role models for the Future Societies they envision. Not surprisingly those places are well served by technocratic regimes since the few voices of dissent within can be quickly extinguished through the security apparatus of the all seeing surveillance state that the new digital technologies - for all the good they may do - also enable.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Hybrid Reality is the short monograph which I suppose serves as flagship publication Pareg and Ayesha's Hybrid Reality Institute, an organisation whose raison d'etre seems to be the pursuit of unfettered wishful thinking about the potential of technology. Good luck to them: dreaming up whacky visions of the future does sound like fun, and while it's hard to see any practical application for the Fortune 500 companies the authors claim as their clients, if they've managed to persuade these conglomerates otherwise, happy days. Especially if in the future, everything is going to be crowd-sourced and free.

Hybrid Reality is thus an attempt to sketch out a future based on extrapolating current trends of technological development: a (thankfully slimmer) companion-piece to Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near.

In fairness, Hybrid Reality quickly moves beyond stock platitudes about crowdsourcing, but where it does it does so without much credibility. The text is plastered with buzzwords borrowed from other disciplines and deployed with carefree abandon:

"accelerated evolution creates what we might call a Heisenbergian or quantum society: we are particles whose position, momentum and impact on others, and the impact of others on us, are perpetually uncertain due to constant technological disruptions."

Okayyy. Amongst the rhubarb there is a point to be made about rapidly disrupting technologies, but that's not it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There are two good ideas at the start
The author uses the German word Technik to form a concept that could roughly be described as "future sustainable responsible use of technology"
In the second half of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dornbusch Manuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book
Published 8 months ago by Adriana T
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
informative reading
Published 8 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars frightening future
Good futurist book, but stronger as an analysis and global view of the present, and the near term future. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Roberto Gejman Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars disturbing
Thaís book shakes your perception on the future. It also mames you think about the immense possibiliteis technology will provide you in a already present world
Published 14 months ago by Ricardo Pinto
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
We can’t know for sure if this book accurately describes the future, but it certainly does a good job detailing and summarizing the intelligent body of work describing our new... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Erik
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative enough to forewarn
As a senior citizen taking a look at the future can be difficult. No parent can afford NOT to take that look and institute precautionary controls appropriate to kids' ages.
Published 23 months ago by John Rhoads, Sun City, AZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fascinating
I ahve been involved in computers since 1981 and i had heard of the Toffler so I was fascinated to read this book.
Published on March 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not woth reading
It talks about smartphones, nano technology, augmanted reality, social networks, electric cars etc. But it not say something really "new".
Published on March 5, 2013 by Bojan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing!
One of the most interesting books I've ever read. Am working on two college faculty presentations and will use what i learned here to regale my audiences. Truly amazing.
Published on February 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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