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Publisher's Summary

Technology is advancing faster than ever - but for better or for worse? On the one hand, astonishing technological developments from personalized genomics to self-driving cars to drones to artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. On the other hand, these very same technologies could raise the specter of a frightening and alienating future - eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and an ever-worsening spiral of economic inequality. How can we make appropriate decisions about whether and how to adopt new technologies? Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever propose that we ask three questions:

  • Does the technology have the potential to benefit everyone equally?
  • What are the risks and the rewards?
  • Does the technology more strongly promote autonomy or independence?

They subject a host of new and potential technologies to these questions, but ultimately it is up to the listener to make the final decision.

©2017 Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever (P)2017 Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever

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  • 11-13-17

No fresh view, tepid performance

The author recaps what’s been discussed in the tech and other related fields in a rather uninspiring way.
Those who have read a couple of books about these topics will quickly realize this book is a simple summary of latest research, projections and reflections. For those who are not familiar with these topics, this book can be a starting point, but not a good one, though.
Worse, the narrator sounds like, ironically, a robot or voice software. It was a torture for me to finish up this poorly performed audiobook.

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A peak into the near future

One of the best books that I have read, by far. It explains technology in plain simple english. It covers almost all future technologies, their current state and future prospects. It also warns us about their potential dangers and how to minimise them. Each and every statement made in this book, comes from a verifiable source. Also, I like the way moore's law has been explained w.r.t each technology. A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE.
- Sourabh Shankar

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Just right

Just right. Smart, courageous, concise. The insights on education were thoughtful and the musings on our driverless future were very accurate.

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NOT about driverless cars

1. Most of the book talks about everything but autonomous/driverless cars.
2. The book is a collection of interesting facts, but very few deep insights. It rarely connects the dots, leaving the listener to say "So what?".

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Great easily digestible intro to the future

Heard of "this AI thing", know that there is such a thing as cars who drive themselves but not quite sure what that means, and curious on whether solar energy really can replace oil and gas?

Vivek gives a great intro to all of this and more, balances his tech optimism and hopes of utopia with realism and the occasional dystopic scenario.

If you're been to Singularity University, heard Vivek's talks a number of times, and dabbled in these topics for a while this book might not be for you - but if you're just getting started, jump in head first and enjoy!

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Great read of emerging directions.

What made the experience of listening to The Driver in the Driverless Car the most enjoyable?

Not just trends, but tying them together, and the look at them from multiple facets (ethics, relation to other trends, impact to different classes, our possible reactions, which are started now, and much more).

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Driver in the Driverless Car?

For me the most memorable piece was scattered throughout... the assessment of the TRANSITION from now (when everyone is expected to have a job) to later (when many will not have the traditional form of a job). This is an inescapable and difficult time. I spent time processing some helpful thoughts from Vivek around this in particular.

What about Julie Eickhoff’s performance did you like?

She was very clear and easy to understand. I could absorb the material quickly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The future is great; The transition is unprecedented upheaval.

Any additional comments?

The authors gave a lot of food for thought. We need to reassess some of our most deeply held beliefs, norms, and social expectations.

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A must read to understand our changing world.

Vivek delivers a very accessible book for understanding the rapid changes taking place in our world and the opportunities and challenges they will bring. Highly recommended.