Good Reads for Futuristic Investors

The Future is Faster Than You Think (Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler)

In this book, the authors talk about rapid technological advances in the next ten years and their impacts on our lives. Technology is accelerating at a fast pace as discussed by many others such as Ray Kurzweil. At some point, these emerging technologies are going to be combined and provide far more powerful advantages for humans. For example, the combination of artificial intelligence and genomics is going to revolutionize our approach towards curing diseases. Furthermore, it will provide solutions to increase human life span. One of these genomics technologies is genome editing. A few examples of future technologies are AI, 3D printing, virtual reality, fintech, robotics, and digital biology. Additionally, these technological changes are going to create a lot of wealth. One example with huge economical potential is Deep Mind.

The Big Nine (Amy Webb)

In this book, the author talks about the big nine AI companies and how they may be creating technologies that may hurt humans. Amy Webb disclosing how corporate greed may be harmful to human destiny in a long term. These nine AI companies include Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM, and Apple. Amy reveals all the invisible and untouchable ways that AI is gathering our data that someday will be out of control. Many smart people such as Elon Musk have raised red flags about the future consequences of advanced AI. These technologies are growing much faster than the regulations to control their advancement. We may wake up someday that is too late and AI is already in charge of our destiny. Based on experience, intelligent species are not kind towards less intelligent species and we can not expect an advanced AI to be kind to us. Someday they may push us to the edge of the distinction.

Digital Transformation, Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction (Thomas M Siebel)

In this book, the author talks about the digital technological advancements that are going to change the ways businesses and governments are run. These technological advancements include cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things. Thomas Siebel discusses the digital transformation that is going to happen as a consequence of these technologies. These advancements are huge investment opportunities for investors. Also, he provides examples of companies such as Enel, 3M, Royal Dutch Shell, the U.S. Department of Defense, and others that are benefiting from these technologies.

A Crack in Creation (Jennifer Doudna and Samuel Sternberg)

In this book, the authors discuss the potential of a new technology called CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) to revolutionize our approach towards curing diseases. CRISPR is a genome-editing technology that is capable of manipulating the genome in human embryos to block diseases. The previous methods before CRISPR were expensive and difficult. Furthermore, the book discusses the future applications of this technology. A few applications include curing infectious diseases, targeting cancer cells, surgery, zoology, and agriculture. However, there are still ethical concerns on how this technology can be best used for human advantage.

A Generation of Sociopaths (Bruce Cannon Gibney)

In this controversial book, the author discusses the policies employed by baby boomers in the USA that resulted in the wealth accumulation of this generation. However, many of these policies destroyed opportunities for future generations. Bruce Gibney discusses how acting like sociopaths (no empathy and no respect) has hurt the American spirit (equal opportunities, vibrant dynamics, and political and economical strength). He argues that damages to the environment, social security, and public will be obvious in the future when there is no way to go back to fix them. In the end, the author discusses the role of younger generations and how they need to step in and restore America before it is too late.

Megatech: Technology in 2050 (Daniel Franklin)

In this book, the author discusses the future technologies that come our way by 2050 and the changes they bring to our lives. In this book, a pool of intellectuals including scientists, industry professionals, and academics join journalists from the Economist to answer the future outlook of the possible technologies. Additionally, the human capacity to accept these changes and the limitations imposed on these advancements are discussed. Frank Wilczek, Ann Winblad, Melinda Gates, and Alastair Reynolds explore future big ideas and trends in this book. A few examples of technologies discussed here are brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, data-driven world, healthcare, and future cars. Furthermore, the impact of these technological advancements on future jobs is discussed.

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