Augmented

  • by Brett King, Andy Lark, Alex Lightman, JP Rangaswami
  • Narrated by Steven Jay Cohen
  • 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year-long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts, and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we're likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action. We watch news of Google's self-driving cars, but don't likely realize this means progressive cities will have to ban human drivers in the next decade because us humans are too risky. Following on from the Industrial or Machine Age, the Space Age and the Digital Age, the Augmented Age will be based on four key disruptive themes - Artificial Intelligence, Experience Design, Smart Infrastructure, and HealthTech. Historically, the previous "ages" brought significant disruption and changes, but on a net basis, jobs were created, wealth was enhanced, and the health and security of society improved. What will the Augmented Age bring? Will robots take our jobs and AI's subsume us as inferior intelligences? Or will this usher in a new age of abundance?
Augmented is a book on future history, but, more than that, it is a story about how you will live your life in a world that will change more in the next 20 years than it has in the last 250 years. Are you ready to adapt? Because if history proves anything, you don't have much of a choice.

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Overly optimistic

The authors assume too much regarding human nature and our receptiveness to future augmentation technology. They paint a rosy picture that just doesn't feel right. They assume that those with power will somehow magically be forced to give up that power and allow nations to crumble and become irrelevant. They gloss over the dangers of artificial intelligence like it was simply a matter of picking a color for our robot overlords. In general, I didn't find too much new in this book and I disagreed with many of its conclusions. Performance was adequate but a bit to monotonous.
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- Daryle C. Taylor

Our Augmented self

The author makes bold predictions about how technology will change us in ways we can't even imagine right now.

This book puts into context the type of change that modern technology of information abundance can have on our psyche and how this will bring our an explosion in innovation.

Realistic in its projections, and fascinating with its predictions, an all round enjoyable book Looking at near future possibilities and their ramifications to society and civilisation.
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- Philomath

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio