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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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    haluk 12/09/2017
    haluk 12/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen D. Brown
    Los Angeles, California
    18/10/17
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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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    boston
    27/09/17
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Philomath
    14/09/17
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Luk
    14/09/17
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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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wailuku, Hi, United States
    01/09/17
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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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dan Collins
    Katy, Tx United States
    10/02/18
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    "Aggressive Coverage of a Broad Future"

    I was impressed with this book. It was unrelenting in the way it approached the future and diligent to chase every relevant technology rabbit. Like most books in this genre, it probably suffers a bit from being overly optimistic in how rapidly we will adopt technology. but the book makes a good point where our preferences will become less and less important and why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Bostedor
    Jackson MI
    29/01/18
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    "Author is out of touch"

    This is an interesting read but is obviously written by someone who is an outsider to the AI and ML industry. He delivers many of the facts accurately but his interpretation of intent for companies like Amazon and Microsoft is way off at times. Everything is good until he starts pretending to understand the reason that these companies do what they do and how they are doing it.

    I bought this book to listen to a celebration of where AI is going and what is coming next for humanity. I was disappointed to find that most of the book is just his interpretation of computing history followed by doom and gloom predictions where AI and ML are the evil behind everything.

    If you are looking for a book that will tell you the wonders that are coming next, this is not the book for you. If you want a history of technology, it may be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DC Mike
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    24/01/18
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    "1/3 of this book is hilariously naive "

    Books like this get annoying when you know that corporations don't do things that are in your best interest or to improve your life. They do things for ONE reason. When he began gushing about allowing every aspect of your body and life to be data that's up for grabs, all so that you could be monetized and offered instant credit I nearly passed out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mubbashir
    02/01/18
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    "Excellent account of technology impact "

    Excellent book with good examples of how technology will impact life and businesses. The author nicely explained tough and difficult terms and new information, in a very easy to understand way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daryle C. Taylor
    Orlando, FL
    19/09/17
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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