- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd (29 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9814634034
- ISBN-13: 978-9814634038
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.5 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane Hardcover – 29 Apr 2016
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"We are in the midst of a huge wave of technological change. Augmented Reality. Self-driving cars. Human-like robots. Additive manufacturing and much more are bringing deep cultural change and exposing long-fed fears of a dystopian future. Brett King not just properly catalogs all of these, but tells us what it all means: that we soon will be AUGMENTED. His look at what's happening will be my bible for a long time." - Robert Scoble, Bestselling Author of Age of Context and Beyond Mobile "Welcome to the AUGMENTED AGE. Super powers. Super cities. Super vehicles. Super robots. Technology is about to change everything in your life. Whether you're scared, excited, or both, you need to read this awesome roadmap of the future that Brett King has created. Those who can anticipate the future can thrive in it." - Ramez Naam, Author of Nexus "When someone as obsessed and thoughtful about the future as Brett King gets ahold of a keyboard and sufficient time to to think and write-watch you, world. Here comes a book that will broaden your mind and make you reexamine what you think you know about tomorrow." David Wolman, Author of The End of Money, Contributing Editor at Wired "You may think you've heard all there is to know about the dramatic changes to come in our digital future. Well, prepare to have your mind blown... again. In a crowded field of prognosticators, Brett King stands out for his clearly articulated vision of how technology is changing who we are." - Michael J. Casey, Author of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order. "We live in a world where software is getting smart enough to automate things that only people could do just a few years ago. This is going to radically change the way we educate our children, and the way people work ni the future. AUGMENTED is a wake up call for a whole swathe of industries including the accounting profession. If your job can be automated, it probably will." - Rod Drury, CEO of Xero "Whole industries have been vaporized by technological progress, but as Brett King show us, this trend is just getting started. AUGMENTED is your guide to a world in chaos, where each wave of technological innovation collides with several others. Get ready, get smart, read this book." - Robert Tercek, Author of Vaporized "If you want real financial security and the ability to fund your dreams in the future, then you need to see what is coming next. Brett King's Augmented is a roadmap of the biggest changes and the most disruptive technologies we'll need to navigate to get there." - David Bach, New York Times Bestselling Author "As one of the world's most followed and provocative voices in digital finance, Brett King has once again thrown down the gauntlet. Brett's vision of the future should be required reading for governments, think tanks, investors, or basically anyone wondering how transformational technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, Bitcoin, and gene-editing may impact our society." - Seth Wheeler, Former White House Advisor on Financial Services and Brookings Institution Guest Scholar
About the Author
Brett King is a four times Amazon bestselling author, a renowned commentator and globally respected speaker on the future of business. He has spoken in over 40 countries, to half a million people, on how technology is disrupting business, changing behaviour and influencing society. He has spoken at TED conferences, given opening keynotes for Wired, Singularity University's Exponential Finance, the Economist and many more. He has visited the White House to advise the National Economic Council on the Future of Banking and been invited to meet with regulators from the United States, China, the European Union and the World Bank. King hosts the world's leading dedicated radio show on technology impact in banking and financial services "Breaking Banks" (72 countries, 1 million listeners). He is also the founder of Moven, a successful mobile start-up, which has raised over US$24 million to date, with the world's first mobile, downloadable bank account, available in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Named "King of the Disruptors" by Banking Exchange magazine, King was voted American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, voted the world's #1 Financial Services Influencer by The Financial Brand and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the top 10 "coolest brands in banking". He was shortlisted for the 2015 Advance Global Australian of the Year Award for being one of the most influential Australians living offshore. His books have been released in more than a dozen languages and he has achieved bestseller status in 20 countries, with many of his books still appearing in bestseller lists more than 18 months after their initial release. His fifth book is Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane. King has been featured on Fast Company, TechCrunch, Wired, Fortune magazine, Fox News, ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, Financial Times, the Economist, ABA Journal, Bank Technology News and many more. He contributes regularly as a blogger in Huffington Post. In his spare time, he is an IFR-rated private pilot, scuba diver and gamer.
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Some of the interesting observations are the advent of embedded and personal technology augmenting daily life and behavior, the augmented man supported by Augmented Reality, Personal Head Up Display and preponderance of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
The topics are built up gradually ending up with clear predictions for the future with an optimistic note welcoming the smart world of the future.
The authors cover important areas like Transportation and conveyance, Banking Finance, Health care, Education, Smart cities etc., where technological innovations will radically change the way we experience these in the augmented age. They have presented in-depth description of how things will be totally different from the present in these areas. The reader would get an idea of how one should be prepared for such changes and be ready for adoption as these changes occur. After reading the book, as a banking professional I liked the way technology disruptions are going to happen in banks. As a customer I know what I should be prepared for. As an individual and a family member taking care of health I should gear up for the changes. As a consumer and as a resident of a major city observing transformation I am keen to be a part of the transformation. Who should read this book; in my view, everyone, whether in business, profession, ordinary citizen, students, young old, because the future is happening now and it is better to be prepared for the transformation; derive maximum benefit out of the technology which is making it possible and enjoy the life in the smart lane as the authors put it.
My area of work is in analytics that support financial services. Cognitive technology (or Artificial Intelligence) is a natural extension of advanced analytics, and if even half of the predictions come true, we're going to have a great future.
Let's look at self-driving cars. This is happening now and could in use in a big way in less time than you think. Is the world ready for this? I think so. We haven't seen a reduction of drunk drivers despite heroic efforts by many groups. Now we see an increase of traffic crashes as a result of people texting while driving. Also, the roads are getting so crowded that it isn't much fun to drive most of the time. For these reasons, I believe that wide acceptance of self-driving cars will happen soon. Tests have shown that these cars are safer than human drivers. For more great predictions around self driving cars, read Brett King's entire book. He covers this topic in quite a bit of detail.
I first met Brett King through twitter as he is often listed as one of the top fintech influencers in the world. When I asked about his radio show Breaking Banks, Brett himself responded and encouraged me to listen to two of his favourite episodes. I laughed when I listened to the first that he recommended and one of the topics was Toronto's former crack smoking mayor, Rob Ford.
Earlier this year I invited Brett to be a guest at IBM's World of Watson conference and to my surprise, Brett accepted my invitation. Brett spent a week learning from IBM and others who are working in the cognitive area of technology and he produced a radio show, a podcast, and a few blogs as a result.
I was more impressed with Brett in person than I was on social media. He really is an optimist as am I and he has a way of explaining complex topics in a way that it is understandable. So, I picked up the Kindle version of his book and read it while on vacation. I loved reading about the advancements that are being made in healthcare, finance, and even education.
Sure there will be some pains as a result of the changes that Brett is predicting, so we need to think of ways to keep our skills sharp so that we are able to fit into a world where you can "google" anything and where computers are advising us on everything, and doing all the mundane tasks like scheduling appointments, shopping, tracking, etc that we need to do now.
If all goes well, we should have much more free time to explore the finer things in life. The biggest obstacle might be what we do to earn money or what to do with our free time, but humans are capable of adapting, so let's see what happens. (less)