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The Industries of the Future

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Alec Ross

Narrated By: Alec Ross

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: February 2016

Duration: 8 hours 49 minutes


Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what’s next for the world, mapping out the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years—for businesses, governments, and the global community—and how we can navigate them.

While Alec Ross was working as Hillary Clinton’s Senior Advisor on Innovation, he traveled to forty-one countries. He visited some of the toughest places in the world—from refugee camps of Congo to Syrian war zones. From phone-charger stands in eastern Congo to R&D labs in South Korea, Ross has seen what the future holds.

Over the past two decades, the Internet has radically changed markets and businesses worldwide. In The Industries of the Future, Ross shows us what’s next, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why countries thrive or sputter. He examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next ten years, including cybercrime and cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the coming impact of digital technology on money, payments, and markets. And in each of these realms, Ross addresses the toughest questions: How will we have to adapt to the changing nature of work? Is the prospect of cyberwar sparking the next arms race? How can the world’s rising nations hope to match Silicon Valley in creating their own innovation hotspots?

Ross blends storytelling and economic analysis to give a vivid and informed perspective on how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live, incorporating the insights of leaders ranging from tech moguls to defense experts. The Industries of the Future takes the intimidating, complex topics that many of us know to be important and boils them down into clear, plain-spoken language. This is an essential work for understanding how the world works—now and tomorrow—and a must-read for businesspeople, in every sector, from every country.


  • Mark M

    Great book! Really opened my eyes to how quickly the world economy is about to change. The author is obviously very well versed and researched on the subject matter.

  • Lou Serrone

    Author did a good job of Narrarion and the book was well read. I didn't really get a clear message from the book content. The book started off with Robotics and moved through a series of how technology has improved the lives of the poor people of the world. In the end, it seemed the author was saying that big data and the cloud seemed to be where the break through of the future will come.

  • Fredric B Kimmel

    I now have some relevant thoughts about the future to share with my grandchildren

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