The Future Is Faster Than You Think

How Converging Technologies Are Disrupting Business, Industries, and Our Lives
Narrated by: Peter H. Diamandis
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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From the New York Times best-selling authors of Abundance and Bold comes a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era.

In their book Abundance, best-selling authors and futurists Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler tackled grand global challenges, such as poverty, hunger, and energy. Then, in Bold, they chronicled the use of exponential technologies that allowed the emergence of powerful new entrepreneurs. Now the best-selling authors are back with The Future Is Faster Than You Think, a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next 10 years of rapid technological disruption.

Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experience more upheaval and create more wealth than we have in the past hundred years. In this gripping and insightful roadmap to our near future, Diamandis and Kotler investigate how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole. What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet?

Diamandis, a space-entrepreneur-turned-innovation-pioneer, and Kotler, best-selling author and peak performance expert, probe the science of technological convergence and how it will reinvent every part of our lives - transportation, retail, advertising, education, health, entertainment, food, and finance - taking humanity into uncharted territories and reimagining the world as we know it.

As indispensable as it is gripping, The Future Is Faster Than You Think provides a prescient look at our impending future.

©2020 Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Totally Mixed on This One

OK, get ready to drop some LSD and get into your haptic space suit, here comes the future!!!!

I get the whole tech-revolution thing, I really do...but the utopian world of personalized nanotech medicine, flying cars and the entire 'beam me up Scotty' always leaves me wondering what planet they are talking about.

When well over 50% of the population of the world's richest nation lives paycheck to paycheck. When back roads of towns are like driving on a Roman cobblestone street. When you walk into a restaurant bathroom and wave your hands furiously under the 'automatic faucet' for sixty seconds waiting for it to give you water,,,,I wonder where these guys have been. Every time I stick my hand in front of the soap dispenser and nothing happens, I question how you are going to pull off this miraculous, AI-driven super world that they tell us is coming.

I say, fix the most important and critical local things, then let's worry about flying cars. Make a damn faucet that actually works when you wave your hand under it and maybe you will make a believer out of me.

The other caveat I see here is, yes, there are gazillions of dollars being dumped into tech right now....but, we are riding the tail end of one of the longest expansions in modern history. At some point, the sugar high of the $2T+ tax scam is going to wear off...when that does, the poo-poo is going to hit to proverbial fan. My guess is that the timelines change just a teensy bit when reality sets in. I guess the answer might be to put on the VR goggles and have your 22 year old cyber-concubine bring you a bottle of wine from your virtual wine cellar,...then pet your virtual dog for comfort.

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Not about the future. This book is about the past.

Really disappointed. I was hoping for a book that makes interesting and compelling speculation about the future of technology. Instead, this book is more about the past. What are some of the book's predictions? Drones. Bitcoin. DNA sequencing helping tailored medicine. Artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. Electric cars. Crowdfunding. Did I accidentally buy a book from 2012 that makes predictions about 2018? What a disappointment.

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pumped up! Fired up! Super Exited.

pumped up! Fired up! Super Exited. loved the book. time to redo my 50 year goals to align with what's coming. definitely need to update them after listening to this book. grateful it was written and I got to hear it.

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Very Interesting!

A must read for entrepreneurs, business owners, and any future focused person who wants to stay several steps ahead. Also nice to have some reassurance that things are getting better.

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Really good summary of tech and human future!

Really good summary of humans technology and related topics and issues, relevant to every human beeing to understand and put things into scope.

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Exceptional

Exceptionally brilliant book highlighting the abundance of ways our future is getting better and better!! Loved the audio version as it was read by Peter.

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Todos deberían leer este libro

Si no conocemos las nuevas tendencias seremos presas de los cínicos y los pesimistas.

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Read This Book Now Before it Happens!

Why wouldn't you want a preview of coming attractions? There is some amazing stuff going on out there, and now might be a good time to become a part of it. Let this book inspire you.

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Get it now, thank me later

exactly what you'd expect from the book on AI in 2020. a must read for anyone in technology.

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Amazing book!

I have been a big fan of Abundance and Bold and subscribe to the Abundance newsletters. I was excited to get the opportunity to listen to the 3rd book in the series. I loved every second of the book and didn’t want it to end! The authors did a fantastic job of describing how the world has changed and will keep changing and getting better. This gives me hope and inspires me to keep an open mind. Fantastic book!