5 BOOKS THAT WILL SHOW YOU WHERE THE FUTURE IS HEADED
Joi Ito, head of MIT Media Lab and a tech visionary, lists titles that give you a glimpse of the future
As 2016 comes to a close, Facebook called on 62 global influencers to share the books that made the greatest impact on them this year. Richard Branson and many others shared their favourite reads with the hashtag #ReadtoLead.
One of those influencers is Joi Ito, the head of MIT Media Lab. Ito -who is a highly regarded tech visionary and open source software activist -picked five titles that should help anyone get a feel for where the future is headed. Here's what to read in 2017 if you want a leg up on 2018.
Deep Work by Cal Newport
In Deep Work, Newport uses a collection of stories and research data to show that what will matter most in the coming decades -at least i n t er m s of people's productivity -is the ability to focus. The reader learns strategies to avoid checking their phone every 30 seconds and cultivate a distraction proof bubble to work in.
Change Agent by Daniel Suarez
Set to hit stores in April 2017, Change Agent is a novel set in the year 2 045 in which C R I S P R gene editing tech nolog y has become so advanced t h at bl ackm a r k e t traders sell procedures to alter anyone's DN A at will. It explores a not-too-distant future in which science and morality are forced to collide.
The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
As the former senior advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton (when she was Secretary of State), Alec Ross has some ideas about what 2026 will look like. Robotic automation, AI, cybersecurity, and renewable energy are some of the fields that will come to define the 2020s, he writes.
The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo
When everything is connected, from digital and social relationships to financial and political ones, Joshua Cooper Ramo argues the only people who can be successful are those who master these complex networks. In The Seventh Sense, Ramo looks at the ways billionaire moguls, tech influencers, and military generals gain a keen sense of where to focus their attention.
Wonderland by Steven Johnson
Innovation is meant to solve problems, and often that problem is boredom. In Wonderland, Steven Johnson culls stories from the world of magic, technology, art, and exploration that demonstrate how humans are .social creatures that like figuring things out for fun.