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Publisher's Summary

Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what's next for the world, mapping out the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next 10 years - for businesses, governments, and the global community - and how we can navigate them.
While Alec Ross was working as Hillary Clinton's senior advisor on innovation, he traveled to 41 countries. He visited some of the toughest places in the world - from refugee camps of Congo to Syrian war zones. From phone-charger stands in Eastern Congo to R&D labs in South Korea, Ross has seen what the future holds.
Over the past two decades, the Internet has radically changed markets and businesses worldwide. In The Industries of the Future, Ross shows us what's next, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why countries thrive or sputter. He examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next 10 years, including cybercrime and cybersecurity; the commercialization of genomics; the next step for big data; and the coming impact of digital technology on money, payments, and markets. And in each of these realms, Ross addresses the toughest questions: How will we have to adapt to the changing nature of work? Is the prospect of cyberwar sparking the next arms race? How can the world's rising nations hope to match Silicon Valley in creating their own innovation hotspots?
Ross blends storytelling and economic analysis to give a vivid and informed perspective on how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live, incorporating the insights of leaders ranging from tech moguls to defense experts. The Industries of the Future takes the intimidating, complex topics that many of us know to be important and boils them down into clear, plain-spoken language. This is an essential work for understanding how the world works - now and tomorrow - and a must-listen for businesspeople in every sector, from every country.
©2016 Alec Ross (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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By Sam on 05-06-16

Ok review of what is now. Not much future.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend a friend to read this book if they were not following current trends and events as a concise way to catch up to what is going on presently.

Have you listened to any of Alec Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

This book is not so much a look over the horizon for what the industries will be but more a drive around the existing landscape stopping in to see what the demographics are, what people are working on, and why they think it might be important. People that follow technology, business, economics and global trends will not find much of the future in this book. For others, it can serve as a pretty good overview, but not much of predictor of what to expect for the future.

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By Nicolas on 02-21-16

Disappointing

The book is a lot of things but surely not "the industries of the future". Alec Ross talks a lot about current technology trends and very little about the future of these technologies (with the exception maybe of Robotics), and definitely nothing about future technologies that may not be now known to the common public. He talks in details about Silicon Valley, and other attempts to establish similar technology concentration zones in the world (and why they fail). He talks a lot about the politics of Russia, China, India, and many other countries, as if the book was a Geo-political and technological analysis of the world.
The narration is the worst part of the book (even after all above negative feedback). Alec Ross should have given this to a professional narrator. This audio book should not be listen to while driving under any circumstance because you will fall asleep very quickly. Absolutely terrible. I would have given the book a zero star for this if possible.
You still get some benefit from the book but not for whatever the title hinted at.

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By Richard on 03-17-17

Well written and well researched

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook, in fact it was difficult to take my earbuds out, it's full of facts and figures, about the world, is very thought-provoking. I cannot recommend this book any higher Alex Ross has an amazing analytical mind and has proved to be a great author too

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By Mr. N. F. Mclarty on 11-10-17

Great.

A fascinating read (listen) for anyone who cares about the world ahead of us and the world our children will live in.

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By James on 03-12-16

Fantastic

Great book and narration by the author. A must listen for anyone with young children.

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By Shahbaz Sikander on 08-29-17

Looks like pretty much present to me

Didn't find any new information. I was looking more towards impact on humanity , how it will shape our living in the future? How human race will survive with massive technology influx ? What will be the economical model? What industries will be replaced and what new industries will be formed ? Will we move towards global leadership ? Etc etc

On another note, the dynamics of Pakistan are very different then to judge on what is happening in wazirstan, that is the problem with western authors when they select countries like Pakistan Iran saudia Arabia they pick the darkest colour to paint the picture, though I agree Pakistan need more reforms, but malala was an exception not every girl is killed in Pakistan to get education we have numerous good examples. Imagine a country with so many backwards had selected a women as a prime minister, and this had never happened in many other liberal country because their population is not ready to accept women as a leader, what happened to Mrs Clinton is infront of us.

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