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How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It

Azeem Azhar



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Random House
14 September 2021
A revelatory take on where technology is taking us, from one of the worlds most-followed tech writers.

'Essential . . . Highly recommended!' Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn We are entering the Exponential Age. Between faster computers, better software and bigger data, ours is the first era in human history in which technology is constantly accelerating.

Azeem Azhar - writer, technologist, and creator of the acclaimed Exponential View newsletter - understands this shift better than anyone. Technology, he argues, is developing at an increasing, exponential rate. But human society - from our businesses to our political institutions - can only ever adapt at a slower, incremental pace. The result is an 'exponential gap', between the power of new technology and our ability to keep up.

In Exponential, Azhar shows how this exponential gap can explain our society's most pressing problems - from established businesses' difficulty keeping up with digital platforms, to the sclerotic response of liberal democracies to fast-moving social problems. And he draws on cutting-edge social science to explain how to stop the exponential gap eroding our economies, our politics and our lives.

Exponential technology is upending our society. This book explains how.

'Read this book if you are interested in how we can design a more inclusive and sustainable system with a re-direction of technological change at its centre.' Mariana Mazzucato, UCL professor and author of The Value of Everything and Mission Economy
By:   Azeem Azhar
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   441g
ISBN:   9781847942913
ISBN 10:   1847942911
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   14 September 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Azeem Azhar is the creator of Exponential View, Britain's leading platform for in-depth tech analysis. His weekly newsletter is read by 200,000 people from around the world, and his chart-topping podcast has featured guests including Yuval Noah Harari, Reid Hoffman, Mariana Mazzucato and Tony Blair. The founder of a number of successful tech companies, Azhar is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council, sits on the board of the Ada Lovelace Foundation, and is a contributor to publications including the Financial Times, Prospect and the MIT Technology Review.

Reviews for Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It

Azeem Azhar is one of the best-regarded thought leaders in the industry. But more importantly, he has a broad understanding of the exponential ways technology can be used to solve our biggest problems, shape our society, and bridge cultural divides. -- Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of Spotify

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