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Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane

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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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    Stephen D. Brown Los Angeles, California 10-18-17
    Stephen D. Brown Los Angeles, California 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    Lulu 09-27-17
    Lulu 09-27-17
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    "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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    Daryle C. Taylor Orlando, FL 09-19-17
    Daryle C. Taylor Orlando, FL 09-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Overly optimistic"

    The authors assume too much regarding human nature and our receptiveness to future augmentation technology. They paint a rosy picture that just doesn't feel right. They assume that those with power will somehow magically be forced to give up that power and allow nations to crumble and become irrelevant. They gloss over the dangers of artificial intelligence like it was simply a matter of picking a color for our robot overlords. In general, I didn't find too much new in this book and I disagreed with many of its conclusions. Performance was adequate but a bit to monotonous.

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    Philomath 09-14-17
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    "Our Augmented self"

    The author makes bold predictions about how technology will change us in ways we can't even imagine right now.

    This book puts into context the type of change that modern technology of information abundance can have on our psyche and how this will bring our an explosion in innovation.

    Realistic in its projections, and fascinating with its predictions, an all round enjoyable book Looking at near future possibilities and their ramifications to society and civilisation.

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    Joseph Luk 09-14-17
    Joseph Luk 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lots of examples"

    Not sure how I really feel about this book. It have A LOT of examples on how technology will intertwine with daily life in the future. I appreciate that. But it was almost as if the whole book was put together from thousands of news articles. The audible version was also read in a way that was rather uninspiring.

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    "Read by an AI."

    I'm starting to like forwarding thinking books like this, Flash Foresight, and Humans Need Not Apply. So while the content was ok, it really did drone on from the uninterested narration.

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    "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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