September 2017 Recommended Reading List


This month our recommended reading list focuses on the forces shaping the industries of the future. We were diving deep into this topic inspired by our trip to San Francisco last month working with Singularity University and the on-going projects Industry 4.0. Please enjoy and read responsibly!


1. Hello, Robot: Design between Human and Machine, by Mateo Kries

This is one of Tony's absolute favorite books highlighting the different roles robots play in our lives and also the cultural evolution of what it means to be a robot.

"Hello, Robot.: Design between Human and Machine investigates how robotics is becoming part of our everyday lives, demonstrating that design in its traditional function as a mediator is indispensable if robots are to become a visible reality and not just remain hidden in washing machines, cars and cash machines."


2. Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, by Martin Ford

This is a great and well-researched book on the impact of automation on our economy and society. 

"What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making “good jobs” obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software."


3. Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

This book helps you understand the pace of change that is happening and guides you to adapting to those changes.

"The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in our history. The tools of our modern existence are getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, just as billions of strangers around the world are suddenly just one click or tweet or post away from each other. When these two revolutions joined, an explosive force was unleashed that is transforming every aspect of society, from business to culture and from the public sphere to our most private moments."


4. Robots, by John M. Jordan

This pocket sized book is awesome for a quick read and overview of the developments in robotics and automation.

"In this book, technology analyst John Jordan offers an accessible and engaging introduction to robots and robotics, covering state-of-the-art applications, economic implications, and cultural context."

5. The Industries of the Future, by Alec Ross

This is a classic and a must read on how the emerging innovations will affect us in the next decade. 

"In The Industries of the Future, Ross provides a “lucid and informed guide” (Financial Times) to the changes coming in the next ten years. He examines the fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics and artificial intelligence, cybercrime and cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the impact of digital technology on money and markets. "

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