5 Books on Why Our Future Looks Like Science Fiction
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5 Books on Why Our Future Looks Like Science Fiction

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5 Books on Why Our Future Looks Like Science Fiction

If you could time-travel back to, say, 1972, would anyone believe your descriptions of 2022? Instantaneous communication with anyone on the planet, access to all of humanity’s knowledge in the literal palm of  your hand—it would sound like pure science fiction.

Similarly, the world 50 years from now will probably resemble parts of a Philip K. Dick novel. So what exactly should we expect, and how do we prepare ourselves? Check out the five mind-blowing reads below to find out.

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AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future By Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan

AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future

By Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan

In ten gripping short stories, a former president of Google China teams up with a celebrated novelist to imagine our world in 2041 and how it will be shaped by AI. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Kai-Fu Lee, in the Next Big Idea App

Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence By Amy B. Zegart

Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence

By Amy B. Zegart

A fascinating and revealing account of espionage for the digital age, Spies, Lies, and Algorithms is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the reality of spying today. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Amy B. Zegart, in the Next Big Idea App

Where Is My Flying Car? By J. Storrs Hall

Where Is My Flying Car?

By J. Storrs Hall

From an engineer and futurist comes an impassioned account of technological stagnation since the 1970s, and an imaginative blueprint for a richer, more abundant future. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author J. Storrs Hall, in the Next Big Idea App

The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics, and Society By Azeem Azhar

The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics, and Society

By Azeem Azhar

A bold exploration and call to arms over the widening gap between AI, automation, and big data—and our ability to deal with its effects. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Azeem Azhar, in the Next Big Idea App

The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back

The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back

By Jacob Ward

This eye-opening narrative journey into the rapidly changing world of artificial intelligence reveals the dangerous ways AI is exploiting the unconscious habits of our minds—and the real threat it poses to humanity. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jacob Ward, in the Next Big Idea App

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