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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.
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A great book about the future!