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Publisher's Summary

Silicon Valley's leading intellectual and the founder of O'Reilly Media explores the upside and the potential downsides of our future - what he calls the "next economy".

Tim O'Reilly's genius is to identify and explain emerging technologies with world-shaking potential - the World Wide Web, open source software, Web 2.0, open government data, the Maker Movement, big data. "The man who can really can make a whole industry happen", according to executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, O'Reilly has most recently focused on the future of work - AI, algorithms, and new approaches to business organization that will shape our lives. He has brought together an unlikely coalition of technologists, business leaders, labor advocates, and policy makers to wrestle with these issues. In WTF, he shares the evolution of his intellectual development, applying his approach to a number of challenging issues we will face as citizens, employees, business leaders, and a nation.

What is the future when an increasing number of jobs can be performed by intelligent machines instead of people or done by people only in partnership with those machines? What happens to our consumer-based societies - to workers and to the companies that depend on their purchasing power? Is income inequality and unemployment an inevitable consequence of technological advancement, or are there paths to a better future? What will happen to business when technology-enabled networks and marketplaces are better at deploying talent than traditional companies? What's the future of education when on-demand learning outperforms traditional institutions? Will the fundamental social safety nets of the developed world survive the transition, and if not, what will replace them?

The digital revolution has transformed the world of media, upending centuries-old companies and business models. Now, it is restructuring every business, every job, and every sector of society. Yet the biggest changes are still ahead. To survive, every industry and organization will have to transform itself in multiple ways. O'Reilly explores what the next economy will mean for the world and every aspect of our lives - and what we can do to shape it.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Tim O'Reilly (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Remarkable insight at what technology will bring

This is certainly one of the best books I've read on the subject of technology, the near future of the disruptions, how society will react, and the options it has to deal with the new age of machines and information.

I commend Tim O'Reilly and thank him for putting it all out there. This book is engaging, not technical, yet very detailed in its accounts of the emerging world run by algorithms, machines and information. One thing is certain. The change will be no less dramatic than the advent of farming. The industrial revolution will be looked at like a walk in the park when compared to what we have installed for us.

The author was very astute and realistic on the very near future. The upcoming technology revolution is a potent tool, that is a colossal magnifier. We should expect extreme growth and change on an unprecedented level. There is a great opportunity for abundance, but whether this abundance will enrich the very few or spread across society is the difference between a bright or gloomy future.

His proposition that we don't have to be worried about a super artificial intelligence threat, because the "hybrid artificial intelligence" is not only here but will destroy society unless drastic changes are enacted is spot on.

The "Master algorithm of shareholder capitalism" is the hybrid entity that if not checked and amended quickly will destroy civilisation as we know it. It is the tragedy of the commons played out in a cosmic scale.

If things go well and we change and defeat this hybrid entity, we will be looking at a future brighter than history has ever seen. People will not have jobs. Not because they want them and there isn't any, but because they have what they need and they can peruse life as it should be lived, the way they want it. "It is not Jobs that we need, it's work" and we will have more than enough of that.

This is a must read for everyone! Especially the idealists that have lost hope in the midst of cynics, cheaters, and an unfair world that rewards the individual at the cost of many. We will have everything to fear if Artificial Intelligence is built with this goal in hand. Great EYE OPENER!

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The Future and the future of the Future

Man! If you suffer from Optimism, this book will stoke the inner fire about what the world could be and everything you could work toward!

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A glimpse into the present (not the future)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

On a positive note, the book started out very well and is often insightful and thought-provoking. The book is a bit too long for the content provided. It also fails to really talk about the future (for example the chapter on "supermoney" never mentions cryptocurrencies. It also uses the "I" word far too often, sometimes feeling like a chronicle of Tim's accomplishments and involvement in the development of technology over the past several decades.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tim O'Reilly? Why or why not?

Probably not - I think he laid out the expanse of his thinking here - and its very good thinking.

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Great Views on Tech, Not So Great on Economics

Took this book on at the recommendation of a friend who had different views of economics. This was his argument for the failures of capitalism and how it can't work on the future.

Lots of great stories. Great view into the tech world. But like most socialist leaning people, Tim talks about how he thinks the world can be different based on anecdotes not on history or a complete rational argument.

Lots of logical short comings in making a case of how the world is now ready for socialism. Tech, can fix human nature and now we can have a good government that can do socialism correctly.

The world is changing but a several hundred thousand old human nature isn't.

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Incredible insights

This is one of the best books I ever got from audible, it contains insights every few minutes, new perspectives that never crossed my mind.
I feel like it contains food for thought for several years to come :)

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Great book

very insightful and interesting. there's a lot going on in the future and its best to be thinking about it. This book will help.

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  • JD
  • 04-01-18

Incredible book!

I loved this book enough that I will probably buy a text copy so I can re-review it.

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Great book full of possibilities

The author is quite knowledgeable on topics of the future. He points out many things that we as humans need to address and focus deeply on if we as a species want to survive.

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Nothing passive about the future

O'Reilly shares his trained insights of Technology breakthroughs from the past towards the future. This is a future very much yet to be determined. All the more reason for committed and creative Talent to bring compassionate and disruptive breakthroughs to alleviate human suffering and advanced our fulfillment for generations to come.

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Good book to understand implications of future

Thoroughly enjoyed. Hope the future will be better with new tools and platforms. Look forward for more such books on agricultural automation for productivity