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The Industries of the Future

The Industries of the Future

Written by Alec Ross

Narrated by Alec Ross


The Industries of the Future

Written by Alec Ross

Narrated by Alec Ross

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4.5/5 (161 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Feb 2, 2016
ISBN:
9781442399549
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Description

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 ten 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 forty-one 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 ten 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.

Released:
Feb 2, 2016
ISBN:
9781442399549
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders. Ross lives in Baltimore with his wife and their three young children. He is the author of The Industries of the Future.

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  • (1/5)
    Very bad quality production, voice sounds cut and robotic. Could not listen to this audiobook.
  • (4/5)
    Remarkable and thought provoking. Talking about Open vs closed systems, not all of the systems mentioned in the book are" open" that's my only caveat

  • (4/5)
    Slow start but from middle to end very interesting and thought provoking
  • (1/5)
    The audio book quality is terrible. Can’t listen as it is stop start
  • (5/5)
    Wealth of info about countries, people, companies around the globe to make arguments of future economic growth and the source of it. I taken s lot of practical notes.
  • (5/5)
    It is a very detailed and informed way to explain how the world is changing and will change over the future. It has been for me very important to understand what I have to do in educating my two beautiful girls.
  • (1/5)
    Interesting book but the audible recording is poor, the recording keeps stuttering making it almost impossible to listen to. Please rerecord or remaster
  • (5/5)
    Ross does a great job showing the evolution of technologies with case studies and interviews from those directly involved in the the growth of these industries. His firsthand experience at the State Dept provide an eye opening glimpse into the global world.
  • (5/5)
    The book was able to achieve what many other books have tried so hard but to no avail.Which is to narrate such a complex subject matter in a simple and interesting manner.
  • (5/5)
    Insightful, based on real life experiences to forward project the characteristics that will define the new winning industries of the future
  • (1/5)
    A wonderful analysis of a world that we dont live in.
  • (5/5)
    Great book! I loved the approach he took towards the new technologies and the future of business, I loved learning how the world is changing and how we can adapt to the changes to come
  • (5/5)
    Powerful book. Very inspiring and relevant in this time. Yea
  • (5/5)
    A great open minded outlook into the ever rapidly changing industries of the future!
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    An excellent book on the most promising industries that include robotics, genomics, cyber-security and analytics. For each industry, the book described the current state and challenges that will be facing us. For instance, robotics will lead more job losses, genomics will lead to the reappearance of extinct animals. Cybersecurity on how chinese are stolen intellectual properties for decades from western companies creating an new kind of wars between countries and companies!! And how analytics has been used in new zealand, Africa to transform agriculture. This books is full of facts not just ideas which further enforce the author thesis.

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  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    The world is changing, and, in general, for the better. Global hunger and poverty are down, and opportunities are being extended to people and places that never had them before. But the technology that helps make all this happen also creates challenges. The jobs and industries of today are different from those of our parents' time, and those of the future will differ from the ones that exist now. The nations that once dominated the global economy no longer will, at least not to such a great extent. A global marketplace of goods, services, and ideas is emerging.

    In this book, Alex J. Ross shares some of his observations as the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to the US Secretary of State (among other things). He tells us about Estonia, the little nation that could, and did. He talks about nations that could but didn't, held back by outdated notions of centralized control or repressive cultures. He talks about emerging nations in which simple access to cell phones and locally developed applications for them have created new opportunities for many people. He provides no in depth analysis for any of these, and his first-hand observations come across as little more than anecdotal (and carefully worded) accounts, but his general conclusions seem sound enough.

    In this new world, developing, sharing, and using information is the key to success. Nations that provide broad access to education and modern, stable infrastructures, which empower their citizens and attract new businesses, will succeed. Those that fail to do so will not.

    1 person found this helpful