Author: Alec Ross
The book explores how technological developments and global shifts and trends will create our future, whether we like it or not.
Key idea: "Societies that do not overcome their negative cultural legacies regarding the treatment of women will founder in the next wave of innovation."
1. Here Come The Robots
LIASMA - This is my acronym for LIfe ASsist MAchine. As it turns out, aging populations in many developed countries will not have enough people available to care for them. The answer is already being developed in Japan, where research and development of assistive robots is underway. How do you feel about a robot brushing your mom's teeth, or helping her get out of bed?
The combination of cultural, demographic, and technological factors means that we will get our first glimpse of a world full of robots in East Asia.
2. Genetics and Genomics: The Future of the Human Machine
Many of the most powerful Chinese leaders believe that genomics is the next trillion-dollar industry, and they are determined to be its leader.