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

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

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

by Azeem Azhar

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*2021 Financial Times Best Book of the Year*


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


We are living in the first exponential age.

High-tech innovations are created at dazzling speeds; technological forces we barely understand remake our homes and workplaces; centuries-old tenets of politics and economics are upturned by new technologies. It all points to a world that is getting faster at a dizzying pace.

Azeem Azhar, renowned technology analyst and host of the Exponential View podcast, offers a revelatory new model for understanding how technology is evolving so fast, and why it fundamentally alters the world. He roots his analysis in the idea of an “exponential gap” in which technological developments rapidly outpace our society’s ability to catch up. Azhar shows that this divide explains many problems of our time—from political polarization to ballooning inequality to unchecked corporate power. With stunning clarity of vision, he delves into how the exponential gap is a near-inevitable consequence of the rise of AI, automation, and other exponential technologies, like renewable energy, 3D printing, and synthetic biology, which loom over the horizon.

And he offers a set of policy solutions that can prevent the growing exponential gap from fragmenting, weakening, or even destroying our societies. The result is a wholly new way to think about technology, one that will transform our understanding of the economy, politics, and the future.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635769098
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 447,432
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Azeem Azhar is the creator of the Exponential View, a global platform for in-depth tech analysis. His weekly newsletter is read by nearly two hundred thousand people from around the world, and his chart-topping podcast has featured guests including Yuval Noah Harari, Reid Hoffman, and Tony Blair. Over the last three decades, Azhar has founded and invested in a number of successful tech companies bought by firms like Amazon and Microsoft. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council, a senior advisor at PwC, and a contributor to publications including the Financial Times, Prospect, and the MIT Technology Review. He served as the Economist’s first ever internet correspondent. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface The Great Transition vii

Chapter 1 The Harbinger 1

Chapter 2 The Exponential Age 25

Chapter 3 The Exponential Gap 59

Chapter 4 The Unlimited Company 85

Chapter 5 Labor's Loves Lost 121

Chapter 6 The World is Spiky 165

Chapter 7 The New World Disorder 191

Chapter 8 Exponential Citizens 219

Conclusion Abundance and Equity 249

Acknowledgments 265

Notes 269

Select Bibliography 307

Index 321

About the Author 331

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