- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd (May 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9814634034
- ISBN-13: 978-9814634038
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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“When someone as obsessed and thoughtful about the future as Brett King gets ahold of a keyboard and sufficient time to to think and write—watch you, world. Here comes a book that will broaden your mind and make you reexamine what you think you know about tomorrow.”
David Wolman, Author of The End of Money, Contributing Editor at Wired
"You may think you've heard all there is to know about the dramatic changes to come in our digital future. Well, prepare to have your mind blown... again. In a crowded field of prognosticators, Brett King stands out for his clearly articulated vision of how technology is changing who we are.”
— Michael J. Casey, Author of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order.
“We live in a world where software is getting smart enough to automate things that only people could do just a few years ago. This is going to radically change the way we educate our children, and the way people work ni the future. AUGMENTED is a wake up call for a whole swathe of industries including the accounting profession. If your job can be automated, it probably will.”
- Rod Drury, CEO of Xero
“Whole industries have been vaporized by technological progress, but as Brett King show us, this trend is just getting started. AUGMENTED is your guide to a world in chaos, where each wave of technological innovation collides with several others. Get ready, get smart, read this book.”
— Robert Tercek, Author of Vaporized
“If you want real financial security and the ability to fund your dreams in the future, then you need to see what is coming next. Brett King’s Augmented is a roadmap of the biggest changes and the most disruptive technologies we’ll need to navigate to get there.”
- David Bach, New York Times Bestselling Author
"As one of the world's most followed and provocative voices in digital finance, Brett King has once again thrown down the gauntlet. Brett's vision of the future should be required reading for governments, think tanks, investors, or basically anyone wondering how transformational technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, Bitcoin, and gene-editing may impact our society."
- Seth Wheeler, Former White House Advisor on Financial Services and Brookings Institution Guest Scholar
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"Science is on the edge of radically changing the way we live and the experiences we have day to day. So often the views of that future are bleak, but The AUGMENTED AGE is an optimistic view of that future and the challenges we'll face. The possibilities are limitless..."
- Tory Belleci, Host of Mythbusters, Punkin Chunkin and Thrill Factor
"Having watched many innovations occur over the last few decades, it has always confused me as to why so many resist change. The world Brett and Alex describe in Augmented is one where the most significant changes in our lifetime are just around the corner. The Augmented Age is tremendously exciting."
Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and author of Finding the Next Steve Jobs
"We are in the midst of a huge wave of technological change. Augmented Reality. Self-driving cars. Human-like robots. Additive manufacturing and much more are bringing deep cultural change and exposing long-fed fears of a dystopian future. Brett King not just properly catalogs all of these, but tells us what it all means: that we soon will be AUGMENTED. His look at what's happening will be my bible for a long time."
-- Robert Scoble, Bestselling Author of Age of Context and Beyond Mobile
"Welcome to the AUGMENTED AGE. Super powers. Super cities. Super vehicles. Super robots. Technology is about to change everything in your life. Whether you're scared, excited, or both, you need to read this awesome roadmap of the future that Brett King has created. Those who can anticipate the future can thrive in it."
- Ramez Naam, Author of Nexus
"A whirlwind of AI and IA (augmented organic minds), robots, Bitcoin, smart materials, you name it! The Brett and Alex data-mine deep history -- and then stretch far forward, presenting a stunning synthesis that is at once richly detailed, amazing and even slightly troubling -- but never boring. Future shock just got a side of awe. Highly recommended!"
- Mark Jeffrey, Author of 'The Case For Bitcoin' and Founder, Guardian Circle
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Reading 'Augmented' left me excited, optimistic, and at the same time unnerved at the tsunami of change that's about to slam into us, born of ever more rapidly advancing and converging IT, communications, artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, virtual and augmented reality, biotech, healthtech, nanotech, and of course fintech (the subject of a chapter in the book, but not front and center this time). More than anything, 'Augmented' left me with a sense of urgency to get ready for what's coming.
This may come across as hyperbole, but it's not. These technologies in combination are going to radically change the way we live and work, and in short order. The changes are already here in multiple walks of life—we see them in the advent of self-driving cars, e-commerce, smart cities, and the sharing economy, to cite just a few examples. And we see them reflected in the neo Luddites, protectionists and nationalists who want to drag us back to the "good old days" (and somehow think that's possible). But the picture today is only a hint of what's to come. Crucially, hundreds of millions, or perhaps billions, of jobs all over the world—and not just the low-level ones—are either going away to be replaced by automation, or the skills required to do them will change beyond recognition.
That means we're in for some social upheaval as reality confronts those who, for whatever reason, haven't stepped up to the changes. And of course there will be many like that. Where it all nets out is impossible to predict. But if you think the global political and economic situation in 2017 is disorderly (and you look at the roots of why that's the case), I can't see any scenario where it doesn't get significantly more disorderly for some years or even decades to come until the world finally settles into the Augmented Age—which it will, the way it eventually settled into the Industrial Age and the Information Age after it after their turbulent births.
Those who do prepare, though, will be the ones who are positioned to survive and thrive in the Augmented Age. They'll be the ones who embrace change, continual learning and self improvement, and creativity over linear thinking. That's why 'Augmented' is a must-read: it's a first step to understanding and preparing for the near future. Brett's writing style is conversational and highly readable, so you don't need to be a technology geek, or even a futurism geek to appreciate this book. He also puts developments into a historical context, which makes them easier to understand. Although Brett's enthusiasm for the topic is impossible to conceal, he does a good job of avoiding hype and business buzzwords. I don't agree with everything Brett writes here, but I agree with most of it.
Get this book. Read it, digest it. Surf the tsunami and don't get washed over by it.
And Brett, how about an 'Augmented' podcast?
I recently met Brett and heard him speak at a technology conference. He knows what he is talking about and I have encouraged everyone I know, and especially those with children, to read this book. This is THEIR future, and I wish I was 25 years younger to participate and grow with it even more...
PS: Thanks Brett for signing my book!
My area of work is in analytics that support financial services. Cognitive technology (or Artificial Intelligence) is a natural extension of advanced analytics, and if even half of the predictions come true, we're going to have a great future.
Let's look at self-driving cars. This is happening now and could in use in a big way in less time than you think. Is the world ready for this? I think so. We haven't seen a reduction of drunk drivers despite heroic efforts by many groups. Now we see an increase of traffic crashes as a result of people texting while driving. Also, the roads are getting so crowded that it isn't much fun to drive most of the time. For these reasons, I believe that wide acceptance of self-driving cars will happen soon. Tests have shown that these cars are safer than human drivers. For more great predictions around self driving cars, read Brett King's entire book. He covers this topic in quite a bit of detail.
I first met Brett King through twitter as he is often listed as one of the top fintech influencers in the world. When I asked about his radio show Breaking Banks, Brett himself responded and encouraged me to listen to two of his favourite episodes. I laughed when I listened to the first that he recommended and one of the topics was Toronto's former crack smoking mayor, Rob Ford.
Earlier this year I invited Brett to be a guest at IBM's World of Watson conference and to my surprise, Brett accepted my invitation. Brett spent a week learning from IBM and others who are working in the cognitive area of technology and he produced a radio show, a podcast, and a few blogs as a result.
I was more impressed with Brett in person than I was on social media. He really is an optimist as am I and he has a way of explaining complex topics in a way that it is understandable. So, I picked up the Kindle version of his book and read it while on vacation. I loved reading about the advancements that are being made in healthcare, finance, and even education.
Sure there will be some pains as a result of the changes that Brett is predicting, so we need to think of ways to keep our skills sharp so that we are able to fit into a world where you can "google" anything and where computers are advising us on everything, and doing all the mundane tasks like scheduling appointments, shopping, tracking, etc that we need to do now.
If all goes well, we should have much more free time to explore the finer things in life. The biggest obstacle might be what we do to earn money or what to do with our free time, but humans are capable of adapting, so let's see what happens. (less)