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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (26 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471135268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471135262
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating vision of the future of industry. "The Industries of the Future" reads like a portable TED conference at which you have been seated next to the smartest guy in the room. The book is filled with glimpses of cutting-edge biotech research, statecraft, and entrepreneurship. Ross writes engagingly, and the book should be compelling whether you follow these fields closely or you still think of Honda as a car rather than a robotics company.
"Forbes""

""The Industries of the Future" is an engaging, clear-eyed look at the benefits and challenges of the coming wave of global innovation. Alec Ross, with his years of passionate work in the public and private sectors, is uniquely positioned to understand and explain where we re coming from and where we re going."
Arianna Huffington"

["The Industries of the Future"] takes an in-depth look at the opportunities for technology in a changing world. It s inspiring and sobering at the same time.
"FastCompany""

"In a world growing more chaotic, Alec Ross is one of those very rare people who can see patterns in the chaos and guidance for the road forward. He has an unusual diversity of expertise that allows him to apply multiple lenses to the world's challenges and dream up the kind of innovative solutions that are changing the world."
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google and author of The New Digital Age"

A fascinating vision of the future of industry. The Industries of the Future reads like a portable TED conference at which you have been seated next to the smartest guy in the room. The book is filled with glimpses of cutting-edge biotech research, statecraft, and entrepreneurship. Ross writes engagingly, and the book should be compelling whether you follow these fields closely or you still think of Honda as a car rather than a robotics company.
Forbes"

"The next 20 years are going to be even faster-moving and more transformative than the 20 we just lived through. Predicting exactly what is going to happen is impossible. But thinking systematically and strategically, as Alec Ross does here, about robotics, genomics, and the codification of everything is absolutely critical. Anyone who wants to understand the key forces that are shaping our economic, political, and social futures will benefit hugely from Ross's insights."
Reid Hoffman, Founder & Chairman, LinkedIn"

It will likely be one of 2016 s most talked about releases, and I predict will take its place alongside other classic tech-and-society books, like Tim Wu s Master Switch and Jonathan Zittrain s Future of the Internet. It s that good. His writing reveals not just where industries are heading, but where entire societies may end up as a result. This is important reading. Ross takes on an enormous challenge of making sense of how new technology is changing the world, and does so incredibly well, by any standard.
Medium"

"This book is a must read for the rising generation and their concerned parents and educators. Alec Ross brings a far-reaching perspective to bear in illustrating the opportunities to be seized in our changing world across sectors and the globe and the kind of preparation that will be important to make the most of them."
Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America and CEO of Teach For All"

A riveting and mind-bending book. If you want to know how to survive and thrive in the fast-paced world of today and how to anticipate the opportunities of tomorrow s information age as well as how to solve big mysteries, this is a good place to start.
New York Journal of Books"

"A lucid and informed guide, even on the most technical issues."
Financial Times"

"A brilliant, captivating description of the profound changes that will be ushered in by advances in robotics, big data, and genomics and of the implications of those developments for employment, wealth distribution, and global trade. Alec Ross combines an extraordinary understanding of future trends with an equally extraordinary ability to describe those trends and explain what they mean for the world in the decades ahead."
General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute; former Commander of the Surge in Iraq and Director of the CIA"

"The Industries of the Future is an engaging, clear-eyed look at the benefits and challenges of the coming wave of global innovation. Alec Ross, with his years of passionate work in the public and private sectors, is uniquely positioned to understand and explain where we re coming from and where we re going."
Arianna Huffington"

How can we prepare our children and ourselves to succeed in a world of robotics, globalization, and digitally driven markets? In this valuable book, Alec Ross analyzes what it will take to survive and even thrive. The future is already hitting us, and Ross shows how it can be exciting rather than frightening.
Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators"

Well worth reading.... Mr. Ross does a good job of describing the advantages and disadvantages of the third wave, which is just beginning.
Washington Times
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Asks big questions to help prepare us for the inevitable, and is an important read for everyone from businesspeople to parents to teachers.
TechRepublic"

Ross offers us an articulate, accessible and engaging blueprint for the prosperity of people everywhere.... Whether you are a business executive considering new investments and navigating emerging markets, or an advocate for human rights issues, this book is your guide to the geopolitical, cultural and technological contexts that will impact your work.
Global Daily"

A wide-ranging and smoothly written prospectus on the near future of innovation. It s a whirlwind tour, incisively covering economics, politics, cyberwarfare, genomics, and the complexities of Big Data among many other things in language for the layperson interested in what tomorrow could bring.
Booklist"

This astute and enlightening book is generous with insight about what the future holds and how best to prepare for it.
Publishers Weekly"

"Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them."
Kirkus Reviews"

A very readable discussion of what the future might look like.... This book will have a large audience among general readers of business and technology titles and should also appeal to high school and college students, as well as anyone trying to prepare for the economy of the future.
Library Journal"

This book is a worthy addition to the near-future canon.... Ross writes well on what he knows and, like an expensive consultant, he knows a lot about a lot.
Mob76 Outlook"

Ross expertly weaves stories from his travels into his projections for the future of innovation.... Ross s book gives a thorough overview of the exciting developments ahead in healthcare, financial services, and technology. For anyone interested in a glimpse of the future, it s a must-read.
Opportunity Lives"

Ross blends storytelling and economic analysis to give a vivid and informed perspective on how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live.... This is an essential book for understanding how the world works now and tomorrow and a must-read for businesspeople in every sector, from every country.
Stevo's Book Review on the Internet"

Excellent for those who are curious about what may happen in the future based on today s innovations.
Sandbox Advisors"

[The Industries of the Future] takes an in-depth look at the opportunities for technology in a changing world. It s inspiring and sobering at the same time.
FastCompany" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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 Hillary Clinton, a role created for him by Senator Clinton, which earned him a Distinguished Honor Award from the State Department. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders. Ross lives in Baltimore with his wife and their three young children.


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In life it is sometimes important to fight against entrenched attitudes and opinions, but by and large 'going with the flow' is the best choice, if you want to get anywhere. Being the world's best saddle maker just as the first Model T Ford rolled off the production line was not an accolade really worth having.

Where Alec Ross's book really scores is in mapping out a number of the key megatrends that are shaping the world, and that will have huge and widespread impact in the next 10 or so years. By elucidating on the nascent fields of robotics, genomics, data ubiquity, cyber warfare, and digital money, markets and trust he provides very clear pointers (with supporting anecdotes) as to where anyone in business should be paying attention.

The book has a very global mindset and hearing about how these technologies are changing lives in, to many of us, unfamiliar parts of the world, is fascinating and often surprising. Hearing how a mobile phone app helps African micro farmers (the sort with just three cows to their name) improve their animal husbandry, and thus productivity, is really quite surreal.

I further enjoyed the passage explaining the different attitudes towards humanoid robots in Japan to the default US/UK position. In The Shinto religion objects also have souls, so a robot is more easily assimilated into Japanese households and the idea of them assisting the old and frail more easily accepted.

There is also a very good chapter on what steps governments need to take to thrive in this coming world. The comparison between Estonia and Belarus is insightful.

Overall, an enjoyable and worthwhile read.
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Is the author a visionary or a mere a reasonably connected guy making sweeping statements based on pub discussions with his mates? You decide.

Some insights about what will happen next are interesting (you should soon be able to tweak your own genes, big data is –well– big, money is no longer made in manufacturing stuff but in design and clever marketing, Uber is here to stay). This is IMHO a good round up of what's in store.

Despite the large number of references to papers and articles, I have the nagging feeling that Alec Ross has adopted an angle (spoiler alert here: if you are not in the digital economy by tomorrow morning, some guy in Estonia will eat your bacon sandwich) but has conveniently disposed of the nuances and the "if things carry on exactly the way they go now" - and we know they don't always do.

Long and short, it is a good outlook on the near digital future, but you will probably want something a bit more high octane if you like the specifics and a more nuanced approach.
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“The'Industries of the Future” written by Alec Ross, a former Hillary Clinton’s advisor, the theme is our future – not too distant, something that lies just around the corner, in the next ten, twenty years or something.

I think best subheading Ross’s book could have is “The Next Economy” because it deals with new economy that inevitable is coming and the existing industries are going to change, adapt if able to or go extinct.

Ross emphasizes that today’s 20-year-olds, even 30 could still embark on a journey and take part of future happenings, though the most important job is still on parents who need to educate their children to become more interdisciplinary educated than we were, not to mention our ancestors. Of course, we should not forget the role of government that need to set the foundation of such education to become successful.

Therefore with his book Alec Ross did not went into discussing some bright and completely utopian future, nor he did not pessimistically telling readers about some future dystopian society – instead he is full of hope for humans, emphasizing that if we want to move into right direction with our future properly educated youngsters supported by wise administration should be the winning combination.
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As I read the Introduction to Alec Ross’s thoughtful and thought-provoking book, I was again reminded of an observation by Alvin Toffler in his classic work, The Third Wave: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” I don’t know about Ross but my own crystal ball imploded years ago. Moreover, in business, for example, I cannot recall a prior time when the global marketplace was more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous than it is today. That said, it seems safe to assume that much of what we think we know today will have little (if any) relevance or at least practical value in the future.

Ross is well-aware of all this, of course, and shares in this book an abundance of valuable information, insights, and counsel that he hopes will help his reader gain a better understanding of what the Internet and digitization are likely to do to the world. He explores the industries that will drive the next 20 years of change to our economies and societies. The book’s chapters “are built around key industries of the future — robotics, advanced life sciences, the code-ification of money, cybersecurity, and big data — as well as the geopolitical, cultural, and generational contexts out of which they are emerging. I choose these industries not only because they are important in their own right but because they are also symbolic of larger global trends and symbiotic among them.
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