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The Fourth Transformation Audiobook

The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything

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Publisher's Summary

Ten years from today, the center of our digital lives will no longer be the smart phone, but device that looks like ordinary eyeglasses: except those glasses will have settings for virtual and augmented reality. What you really see and what is computer generated will be mixed so tightly together, that we won't really be able to tell what is real and what is illusion.

Instead of touching and sliding on a mobile phone, we will make things happen by moving our eyes or by brainwaves. When we talk with someone or play an online game, we will see that person in the same room with us. We will be able to touch and feel her or him through haptic technology.

We won't need to search online with words, because there will be a new Visual Web 100 times larger than the current Internet, and we will find things by images, buy things by brands, or just by looking at a logo on the jacket of a passerby. Language will be irrelevant, and a merchant in a developing world will have access to global markets.

Medical devices will cure schizophrenia, allow quadriplegics to walk. People will be able to touch and feel objects and other people who are not actually there for conversations, games and perhaps intimate experiences.

From kindergarten to on-the-job, learning will become experiential. Children will visit great battlefields and tour historic places in VR rather than read about them in text books. Med students and surgeons will learn and practice on virtual humans rather than cadavers; oil rig workers will understand how to handle emergencies, before the ever leave the home office.

The Fourth Transformation is based on two years of research and about 400 interviews with technologists and business decision makers. It explains the technology and product landscape on a level designed to be interesting and useful to business thinkers and general audiences. Mostly it talks about how VR and AR are already being used, or will be used in the next one-to-three years.

©2016 Robert Scoble and Shel Israel (P)2016 Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

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  • Jonathan Burg
    Brooklyn, NY, US
    27/11/16
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    "Glance into the future - Feed your inner futurist"
    What did you love best about The Fourth Transformation?

    Puts the latest hype in context. Starts with where we have been, where we are now, and what is just over the horizon. Kept me entertained, even as someone who lives and breathes this stuff as my day job and personal passion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Humanity. While all this tech is amazing, the focus of the book is on who we are and where we are going as a society - not just on the magical capabilities of technology.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I never even realized I have heard Jeffery's voice before, but now that you asked... I'm pretty sure he has read many of the books I've read in the past. And he's always a pleasure to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's always tough to listen to a book about the future. Most of the time, by the time you pick up a book, the author's future has already become the present or is far into the past. This book walks that fine line between examining the trend and predicting the future players and use cases for the technology. At times, predictions in these books will fall flat. But the trend is the more important element, and remains a strong and pervasive theme throughout this book. This will extend it's shelf-life and value far into the future.

    For now, this is an entertaining and informative read that rings true to my understanding of ou industry and gave me some practical insights into what is around the corner. Which is exactly what I wanted when I picked up the book.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Max pavlovich
    08/01/17
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    "Mind blown!!"

    Some books are too technical and get bogged down but this moved along perfectly. Not too long but no need, this is current events and like the exponential growth of technology that changes over night, so would the information provided today and in this book. I VERY much look forward to the next update from these two brilliant minds!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian A.
    Miami,Fl
    23/03/17
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    "Very interesting and was always captivated"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Every time I had to do something and could not hear more for the day, I would spend my day thinking on all the possibility the future holds with VR MR and AR tech. I think the reader did a great job, and the author did a great job. I was never bored or taken out of the story for any reason. I was sad it ended because it really let my imagination run with all the details the book covers. If you are hesitant about buying this audio book, don't be. I found it to be very worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Keum
    02/03/17
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    "Very informative and explaining trend"
    Would you listen to The Fourth Transformation again? Why?

    Not really. I'll try to get the book instead. After listening to forward and first chapter, I'm having difficult time to listen through to the end of the book. The reader, Jeffrey Kafer, has a great voice but way he annotates the whole talk come across as very, very annoying tone. Almost like low tone with valley girl like tone to it. It's hard to describe but more I listen, less desire to wanting to finish the book. I'm using free amazon audible trial. But I'll probably end this trial and try to get the book later date.


    How could the performance have been better?

    try to read it in more normal voice instead of this "acting voice" with low voice and ends with lower tone at each end of the sentence.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO. I'll probably not going to finish after first chapter but will try to pick a book instead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bo Kristoffersson
    Simrushamn, Sweden
    19/02/17
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    "A great read to stay on top of VR and MR"

    A good summary of where artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) are at today, and what mixed reality (MR) will mean for the future - its societal impact and its impact on health care and education. Scoble and Israel see a future in which these technologies will completely transform society and change the way we interact with digital technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/02/17
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    "i love it"

    i believe in the future of VR/AR/MR.
    and i will work hard for it.
    its scary to think if VR/AR will ever make it to reality, but i hope so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob Galito
    31/01/17
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    "An awesome glance into the future of VR/AR/MR"

    This book was way too short; but that may be the case because I'm listening to it in audible form. Be that as it may, I have been an avid listener to Robert Scoble's Inside VR & AR since November/December and I'm all caught up! So I figured it was time to support him and Shel Israel by getting this book as well. Thank you both for taking the time to write this book. The more that I hear about the way VR is moving the more excited it get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HappyMama5
    29/12/16
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    "Ahead of the curve"

    Read it and then re-read it. This book is worth it if you're wanting to stay on the cutting-edge of virtual reality and augmented reality. Not for the people who are wanting to stay right where they're at.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erik
    20/12/16
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    "Eye opening"

    Reading "The Fourth Transformation" was a delight. The Authors take the reader through a journey from the recently possible in AR, VR and MR to a plausible future that I up until reading this book thought was much further away. The book has raised my awareness to the field and will help me prepare for the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ezra Cohen-Yashar
    19/12/16
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    "Technology is our future, and there it always new"
    Would you listen to The Fourth Transformation again? Why?

    no, I will lern from this book to deepen my knowledge in this fabulous area. you never cross the same audio book twice. I will see the next one in VR


    What did you like best about this story?

    the amazing facts and trends about VR


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    the overall story. The new horizon it opened for me


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

    movie is passe, VR is the furure


    Any additional comments?

    very educative book even for non computer geeks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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