-Eric Schmidt, Former CEO of Google and author of The New Digital Age
'How can we prepare our children and ourselves to succeed in a world of robotics, globalization and digitally driven markets? In this valuable book, Alec Ross analyzes what it will take to survive and even thrive. The future is already hitting us and Ross shows how it can be exciting rather than frightening.'
-Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators
'The next 20 years are going to be even faster-moving and more transformative than the 20 we just lived through. Predicting exactly what is going to happen is impossible. But thinking systematically and strategically, as Alec Ross does here, about robotics, genomics, and the codification of everything is absolutely critical. Anyone who wants to understand the key forces that are shaping our economic, political, and social futures will benefit hugely from Ross's insights.'
Reid Hoffman, Founder & Chairman, LinkedIn
'It will likely be one of 2016's most talked about releases, and I predict will take its place alongside other classic tech-and-society books, like Tim Wu's Master Switch and Jonathan Zittrain's Future of the Internet. It's that good. His writing reveals not just where industries are heading, but where entire societies may end up as a result. This is important reading. Ross takes on an enormous challenge of making sense of how new technology is changing the world, and does so incredibly well, by any standard.'
'This book is a must read for the rising generation and their concerned parents and educators. Alec Ross brings a far-reaching perspective to bear in illustrating the opportunities to be seized in our changing world - across sectors and the globe - and the kind of preparation that will be important to make the most of them.'
Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America and CEO of Teach For All
'A lucid and informed guide, even on the most technical issues.'
'A brilliant, captivating description of the profound changes that will be ushered in by advances in robotics, big data, and genomics and of the implications of those developments for employment, wealth distribution, and global trade. Alec Ross combines an extraordinary understanding of future trends with an equally extraordinary ability to describe those trends and explain what they mean for the world in the decades ahead.'
General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute; former Commander of the Surge in Iraq and Director of the CIA
'The Industries of the Future is an engaging, clear-eyed look at the benefits and challenges of the coming wave of global innovation. Alec Ross, with his years of passionate work in the public and private sectors, is uniquely positioned to understand and explain where we re coming from and where we re going.'
'Asks big questions to help prepare us for the inevitable, and is an important read for everyone from businesspeople to parents to teachers.'
'A wide-ranging and smoothly written prospectus on the near future of innovation. It's a whirlwind tour, incisively covering economics, politics, cyberwarfare, genomics, and the complexities of Big Data among many other things in language for the layperson interested in what tomorrow could bring.'
'This astute and enlightening book is generous with insight about what the future holds and how best to prepare for it.'
'Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them.'
While Alec Ross was working as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, he traveled to forty-one countries, exploring the latest advances coming out of every continent. From startup hubs in Kenya to R&D labs in South Korea, Ross has seen what the future holds.
In The Industries of the Future, Ross provides a “lucid and informed guide” (Financial Times) to the changes coming in the next ten years. He examines the fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics and artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the impact of digital technology on money and markets. In each of these realms, Ross addresses the toughest questions: How will we have to adapt to the changing nature of work? Is the prospect of cyberwar sparking the next arms race? How can the world’s rising nations hope to match Silicon Valley with their own innovation hotspots? And what can today’s parents do to prepare their children for tomorrow?
Ross blends storytelling and economic analysis to show how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live. Sharing insights from global leaders—from the founders of Google and Twitter to defense experts like David Petraeus—Ross reveals the technologies and industries that will drive the next stage of globalization. The Industries of the Future is “a riveting and mind-bending book” (New York Journal of Books), a “must read” (Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America) regardless of “whether you follow these fields closely or you still think of Honda as a car rather than a robotics company” (Forbes).