3 Books for surviving the next Tech Wave

Technology will continue to innovate endlessly to the end of humanity and beyond our existence, even beyond our planet. Without getting too theoretical here, let’s dive into some recent books about the future of technology, and what you can do to prepare yourself and/or your business for the upcoming changes and trends while also getting a realistic look at the current state of the entrepreneurial domain.

THE INEVITABLE by Kevin Kelly

Creative Insight

Everything, without exception, requires additional energy and order to maintain itself… Existence, it seems, is chiefly maintenance.”

When I saw this book on the shelf, I read about 4 pages of it at random and bought it right then and there. I was about to leave for Florida for a few days, so I took that time to read at a little coffee shop in Ybor City.

Kevin Kelly has been writing for several magazine and publications for a long time now, and is currently senior maverick for Wired, making his take on the tech industry not only valuable, but a damn fun read.

Kevin does a great job at not only pointing out the current trends -the trending- but illustrates it ten to forty years into the future, giving us a vivid image of what could actually become our future. It’s up to us to get there using the tools we have today.

The twelve topics of technology that Kevin elaborates on are Becoming, Cognifying, Flowing, Screening, Accessing, Sharing, Filtering, Remixing, Interacting, Tracking, Questioning, and Beginning. This book will make you ponder on what the future holds from so many angles and help you appreciate how far we have come already with technology.

THE THIRD WAVE by Steve Case

State of the Industry

The Third Wave’s most successful leaders will be those who erect networks of talent and connective tissue, enabling them to draw great new people into their fold.”

Steve Case co-founded AOL back during the birthing era of the internet. In this read he makes a big case of the upcoming changes to the tech industry, but touches on a lot more issues beyond just economics. Case is a big advocate for education and health care as well and creates a very interesting case for the future of entrepreneurship in this book.

The name for the book comes from Alvin Toffler’s book The Third Wave which is about the upcoming global transformation that Steve read when he was a senior in college that changed the way he viewed the world. The “First Wave” was the settled agricultural society that lasted thousands of years, the “Second Wave” was the post-industrial revolution where mass production and distribution changed the way people live. The “Third Wave” is the information age; an electronic global village (as Steve puts it) where people could access information and services and build communities based on interests and not geographical circumstances (sounds like today.)

So the Third Wave that Steve speaks of is the Third Wave of the Internet, where “ubiquitous connectivity allows entrepreneurs to transform major real world sectors.” Steve speaks from experience, his years of running and investing in successful businesses and also working with several different entrepreneurs and innovators who have been changing industries all around the world.

Steve’s vision for the future, touching on economics, government, healthcare, and education (and more) is a vital addition for anyone trying to build a start-up that will benefit the world. His book is part memoir, part manifesto and part playbook. Even if you never plan on starting a company or anything of the nature, this book is worth a read as it points out so many flaws that we have several industries all around the world. Some of my personal opinions Steve shares are in the public school industry and the general food industry. I’m sure you can understand why, with today’s massive amount of health issues the average American suffers from, food and health are becoming more of a concern each day.

ZERO TO ONE by Peter Thiel

Execution

No one can predict the future exactly, but we know two things: it’s going to be different, and it must be rooted in today’s world.”

This book alone will blow your mind, which is why I find it vital if you plan on creating any type of business that will change the world. If you don’t know who Peter Thiel is, google him.

In this book, which is have written a review on already, Peter breaks down all the common business practices that most businesses have and presents a way of thinking and acting that focuses on creating something new. About vertical progress instead of horizontal. Instead of going from 1 to n, Peter teaches us ways to go from 0 to 1.

Zero to One is about how to create new companies that create new things. Chapter 1, titled the Challenge of The Future shows us the current state of American entrepreneurship and what we need to do to start creating a better future for all, and moves forward from there with many insightful chapters.

“Any new and better way of doing things is technology” says Peter. I agree. I have taken many notes on this book over the months, and do again every time I re-read it.

“No Authority can prescribe in concrete terms how to be innovative… Successful people find value in unexpected places… If you take one typewriter and build 100, you have made horizontal progress. If you have a typewriter and build a word processor, you have made vertical progress.”

All the knowledge in the world won’t matter if you cannot execute effectively. This book will help guide you.

Thank you for reading…

remain forever a student.


There are many books out there about trends and “trend setting” and technology that you can get, so here I just wanted to point out a few other books well worth the time. I tried to ecompass a well rounded list of books that would touch on different areas which is why i chose the 3 above as the “meat and potatoes” so they say.

Here are some honorable mentions:
The Signals are Talking by Amy Webb
The Industries of The Future by Alec Ross

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