The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives (Exponential Technology Series) Hardcover – January 28, 2020
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—Ray Kurzweil, author of New York Times bestsellers The Singularity Is Near and How to Create a Mind
“Diamandis and Kotler have written a powerful and beautiful masterpiece outlining a compelling future for humanity. The Future is Faster Than You Think offers CEOs and entrepreneurs a clear vision on the transformation of every major industry this decade. Required reading for anyone who wants to surf above the tsunami of change.”
—Tony Robbins, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, life and business strategist
“In their amazing book The Future Is Faster Than You Think, Diamandis and Kotler offer us a hopeful and powerful vision of the future. Packed with amazing stories, mindblowing technology and deep lessons about all of the extraordinary opportunities before us—a must read!”
—Anousheh Ansari, CEO of XPRIZE, and first private female astronaut
“Exponential technologies will transform every industry this decade. In this book, Diamandis and Kotler provide a deep and thorough researched view of the road ahead. Every entrepreneur and leader needs to understand the transformation and opportunities to plan and prepare. The future is faster than you think.”
—Pharrell Williams, Grammy Award–winning musician and artist
"An enthusiastic look at the technologies of the future—which is just about now..... Diamandis and Kotler are cheerleaders for disruption, the scale and speed of which are increasing. But they're also realists, noting where there's more sizzle than steak even when they promise really cool things....Welcome reading for the futurists and technogeeks in the audience."
"A gazillion books ponder the social and economic effects of disruptors like AI, virtual reality, 3-D printing, blockchain, robotics, and digital biology. What's intriguing about The Future Is Faster Than You Think is the speculation from Diamondis and Kotler about what happens when all that stuff starts coming together. The implication for extending lifetimes is especially intriguing."
—Inc's “New Business Books You Need to Read in 2020”
"Heartiest congratulations to Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler on this third volume in the Exponential Mindset Series. It is a brilliant achievement, one that makes an exceptionally important contribution to thought leadership."
—Blogging on Business
"Where The Future Is Faster Than You Think excels, and what makes the book so enjoyable to read, is the infectious excitement that the authors bring to talking about new technologies."
—Inside Higher Ed
About the Author
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the founder and executive director of the Flow Research Collective. His books include Stealing Fire, Bold, The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, Tomorrowland, West of Jesus, and Last Tango in Cyberspace. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, has been translated into more than forty languages, and has appeared in over a hundred publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Forbes, and Time.
- Item Weight : 1.18 pounds
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982109661
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982109660
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (January 28, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I purchased the book to listen to his missing explanation... only to find that he never really answers his own question. No clear explanation as to why/how the Internet Advertising will actually go bust. Just lots and lots of redundant well-known facts and figures, such as how much Google and Facebook makes out of Advertising. Just so much emphasis on how big and great everything is. But he never really talks about how/why the Internet Ad market will disappear.
He talks more about how wonderful Virtual Reality glasses are (which, BTW are considered failures at the current stage), how the computer-generated "fake" voices can be used to offer better Internet Ad, etc. (Didn't he just claim it would die?) He does, in the end, claims AI will make "all" the purchase decisions for us. But any underlying explanation or connection between this claim/Internet Ad disappearing is sorely lacking. Sure, AI's great & all (I'm in AI) but that doesn't mean we'll all stop caring about Brands or product designs. Because it's not a matter of technological advances, but one of human behavior. These are totally different topics.
I even tried to go back to the beginning of the book and read/listen in the book's original order. Still, my disappointment didn't go away.
if you are someone who'd marvel at mere mention of all the (common) technical advances these days, or mere facts or a series of statistics are enough to impress you, maybe you might find this book interesting (but still not "useful"). Otherwise - especially if you're working in the high-tech industry, under 40, or regularly follow technology-related topics, there's very little substance there. Just a lot of random well-known facts, lots of hyperboles, premature assertions, and often self-glorifying praises on how accomplished he is and how much he knows.... In other words, simply (very) little substance, if any. You will better spend your time reading/listening something else. I gravely regretted wasting my time on this book, not to mention money.
Don't bother with the BS artists in this book.
The Future is Faster Than You Think is a dizzying, yet ultimately hopeful, tour de force of what is already possible with technology, and what is on and over the horizon.
Peter and Steven do an admirable job of not only curating the vast field of emerging technologies, but also in showing how these technologies are converging with one another to create novel and accelerated offerings.
With converging technologies in every area of human life, from agriculture, to transportation, to healthcare, to you-name-it, the future is not only going to be faster than you think, it is going to be better than you think.
In the first part, they examine the forces of acceleration and describe how converging technologies are creating an environment of unprecedented change. In part two, they provide a wealth of material covering multiple industries, showing how these technologies will impact our daily lives over the next ten years. In the final section, they expand their time-horizon to the next one hundred years and describe the environmental, economic and existential risks that threaten the progress made to date.
A highly-engaging, mind-blowing, can’t-put-it-down read. The practical take-aways from this book are invaluable. Essential reading for anyone interested in technology, disruption and and innovative thinking. Add this to your reading list now
Regardless if you agree with the book’s analysis, I think this is an important book to add to your reading list. It will challenge your perceptions of what’s possible, it’ll stretch your imagination, and it just might inspire you - like it has me - to think bigger than you ever have before.
Top reviews from other countries
A great book about the future!