It’s a new year, which means that many of us are thinking about the future. On a personal level, we may be wondering if our resolutions will stick—but on a societal level, there are pressing questions of a different variety: What can we do to combat global warming? What technological breakthroughs are just around the corner? Check out the five remarkable reads below to find out.
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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
Speed & Scale: An Action Plan for Solving Our Climate Crisis Now
By John Doerr
By turns pragmatic and inspiring, Speed & Scale intersperses the venture capitalist’s wide-ranging analysis with firsthand accounts from Jeff Bezos, Christiana Figueres, Al Gore, Mary Barra, Bill Gates, and other intrepid policy leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and activists. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author John Doerr, in the Next Big Idea App
The Super Age: Decoding Our Demographic Destiny
By Bradley Schurman
A demographic futurist explains the coming Super Age—when there will be more people older than sixty-five than those under the age of eighteen—and explores what it could mean for our collective future. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Bradley Schurman, in the Next Big Idea App
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
Human Frontiers: The Future of Big Ideas in an Age of Small Thinking
By Michael Bhaskar
Why has the flow of big, world-changing ideas slowed down? A provocative look at what happens next at the frontiers of human knowledge. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Michael Bhaskar, in the Next Big Idea App
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