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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.
©2016 Brett King (P)2017 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen D. Brown on 10-18-17

All Headlines

It read as if it were a bunch of headlines, but didn't feel like it was of much substance. I wanted to like it, but I can say, save your money. summary - everything in the future will be subscription based and individually customized and connected.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 09-27-17

All the authors need is a couple of pom poms

I was quite excited to listen to this book, but was quickly disappointed.

It's basically a long list of technical innovations of the past with the authors cheerleading whatever *might* happen ... There is very little actual reflection on what the trends might mean, other than that the millennials and subsequent generations will deal with any disruptions incredibly well because they are uniquely (surprise-surprise) adept and adaptable, having been raised in a digital world.

The narrator was good.

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2 out of 5 stars
By haluk on 09-12-17

It has nothing to offer

First of all, dramatic narration in non-fictional books really puts me off. That's why I kept listening to this book, thinking I shouldn't judge it by it's narration.

The book starts with telling how silly it is to reject new technology and ends with how unnecessary and futile it is to hold onto privacy. If you get rid of privacy, the store you walk into will know everything about you and you'll be spammed by advertisements tailored just for you. The author is thrilled by this idea for some reason. The final chapter is about smart marketing after all. Perfect way to finish this book.

In between is what I've already read on BBC technology page. No substantial debate or analysis. The book felt like a long sales pitch of an ideology. I think today's AI can easily replace the author.

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