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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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All hype, no insight

Sounds like a deluge of clickbaity headlines more than anything. No discussion of possible impediments, downsides, branching paths, etc.
(except a few strawmen at the end, dispelled by abusing the concept of loss aversion)

Probably interesting if you haven't read up on emerging technologies, but if you have, there's no new insights here.

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Must Read / listen

This is a must for any entrepreneur or change maker looking to make a difference in the world over the next decade and beyond.

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Unbelievable!

Tons of great learnings for me that certainly get the brain percolating on how the future is going to catapult society into many things and areas that are not on the radar for most of us today.
As these technologies converge, how we use them to better all humans and our world is going to take some real collaboration.
Have my leadership team reading this book now as this is a great read for anyone with an inquiring mind.

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more than one out loud “WOW”!

This book opened my eyes to the levels of technological advancements we have grown too!

Superbly Narrated by Peter, with some great additional conversations between him and Steven which helps to elaborate, add context and sometimes update you on a more current version of where the process is now at, this audio journey into not just what’s coming but what we can already achieve with science and technology produced more than one out loud “WOW”!

I just picked up “Beyond” from the same authors and I am starting it right now!

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Great investment ideas!

I purchased this book with the intention of identifying future investment trends. Exactly what I was hoping for! Great level of detail with respect to future technologies. Well written well read! Highly recommend!!

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Amazing

What amazing Insight and perspective!!! Greatly enjoyed this book and what it had to offer.

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Must read!

I’m a high school Principal. Information presented in this book is logical, exciting and important for anyone supporting our next generation. I’ve recommended it 5 people so far whom have all loved it!!!

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Great!

Great book, very inspirational and refreshingly optimistic! A must read for anyone looking to glimpse almost a dozen likely paths forward into our future.

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Quite the eye opener!!!

It skims through a variety of converging, and disruptive, technologies. Will listen again before delving deeper into specific areas.

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very interesting and informative although...

Some info in this book is already old news but that's the nature of the subject it investigates. overall, very interesting,informative and relative.

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  • D. Sooley
  • 2020-02-03

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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  • Justin Bieliever
  • 2020-02-03

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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  • matteo tagliaferri
  • 2020-02-18

one sided

a good listen, a captivating storytelling, but a very one sided point of view.
the future is faster than you think is a(nother) silicon valley manifesto and at points an example of the silicon valley mentality, driven by hubris.
the future may be faster than we think, but the present is harsher than they (supposedly) believe.

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  • Frank
  • 2020-06-30

A Book of Self-aggrandisement

This is a book promoting the author. It is read by the author - rather amateurishly with mispronounced words.

I did not finish.

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  • Jay Scott
  • 2020-02-17

Make powerful lifetime decisions

Peter and Steven outline extensively how ten industries are vastly changing in the future. One industry I was about to commit my lifetime to will infact change so drastically that my business model has no place in it. As a result I've made a business decision to pursue other opportunities. It might've made be $500k in the next few years, but then it would be worth nothing. Instead, this book has opened my eyes to real opportunities that have business value now and in the next 10-20 years. If a future where you both participate and win is what you want, read this book.

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  • Adriana Ballagh
  • 2020-06-17

Not really about the future

First, I want to say I enjoyed this book overall but found the title to be misleading. The title suggested it’s about the “future” so I expected predictions about technology and life changes that would be revolutionary, not evolutionary. Everything in this book is about todays tech and how it will evolve in the near future and the author did a good job, I only wished it had a longer view and some forecasted dates would’ve been nice too.

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  • John M Bryant
  • 2020-02-21

Essential reading to understand the near future

You must read this. Only 4 stars because the Authors are enthusiasts, and don’t ask enough tough questions. They acknowledge the existence of issues, but their modus operandi is to report and celebrate the possibilities. Also read Y.N. Hariri for some of the tough questions that should have been addressed here.

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  • Argel Algura
  • 2020-02-21

Shocking and enlightening!

This book will give you an inside look of the future from the world's greatest futurists.

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  • James Cheneweth III
  • 2020-02-21

Great book, but...

Skip the last two chapters. Hand picked data for the climate chapter. And absolutely no idea about the migrants migrating today on our southern border leave these last two chapters flat. Loved the rest of the book and looking forward to seeing more from these authors.

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  • 2020-02-17

Easy to listening ....exciting content

Refreshing positive outlook on our future. Narrated by the actual author. I found myself looking up all these companies mentioned in the book.

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