Life in the Smart Lane

by Brett King

Number of pages: 300

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International

BBB Library: Technology and Globalization

ISBN: 978-9814634038

About the Author

Brett King is a four-time Amazon bestselling author, a renowned commentator, and globally respected speaker on the future of business.


Editorial Review

We are closer now to 2030 than we are to the start of the new millennium (2000). The technologies we are exploring today are radically going to redefine the next age of humanity. This next age is called the Augmented Age, because of how radically embedded and personal technology will augment your daily life and your behavior. This time the changes to our world are overtly personal. Augmented is about the world that is coming, the changes society will need to make to adapt to that world but, more importantly, it is about the journey that each of us individually will take to arrive in that future.

Book Reviews

· “Without wanting to give too much away this is a good book as it presents an interesting and thought provoking look at our near and further off future. Much of is it plausible, and as he says, he’s not looking to get it all 100% right, but rather to make us aware of the general direction in which our global societies are heading. Well worth a read, and one that you may find other family members reading too.”—Irish Tech News

“The inevitability of change is akey takeaway. And the irony may be that the technology will be the easy part.“There will have to be a mindset shift from the traditional values of baby boomers to the acceptance of change-mentality of millennials,” King says. And it is his own generation X, currently entering middle age, that will be key in making that transition happen. Much of King’s message, however, is that as inevitable as the discomfort of disruption is, we’ve been through this before andtended to like what wefound on the other side. “It is important to help people get ready for this,” he said, summing up his reason for writingAugmented. And to the extent his predictions prove prescient, forewarned is forearmed.”—Finovate

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Wisdom to Share

We are closer now to 2030 than we are to the start of the new millennium (2000). The technologies we are exploring today, such as Artificial Intelligence, gene editing, nanoscale manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, robots, wearables, and embedded computing, are radically going to redefine the next age of humanity.

This time the changes to our world are overtly personal. It’s not just about industries being disrupted, or technology that we’re inventing, it’s about how your life will change radically on a day-to-day basis compared to that of the preceding generations.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are emerging as a type of next generation currency. While classifying Bitcoin as a currency is the most logical characterization for most of the public at large, it is by design something that is more efficient than traditional currency, resembling more closely something like the digital equivalent of the shekel in terms of mechanics or valuation.

The Augmented Age will give us the greatest advantages and potential of any generation in the entire history of humanity, but only if we embrace change, transformation, and innovation.

Our children will work multiple jobs simultaneously, and their careers will be focused on the things they are passionate about, in place of a career they trained for at college or university.

We will need to think about health care in radically different ways: we’ll no longer take a pill to hide a symptom, instead we will reengineer our own biology to eradicate maladies.

We will need to embrace technology like solar energy—not because of climate change alone—but because it is radically cheaper, cleaner, and smarter.

We have within our grasp the technology not just to make the world a better place, but to usher in a world where diseases that have existed for millennia are eliminated, and where we have a chance to live much longer, more productive lives.

Buses and trains will become automated through the increasing use of AI, dynamic scheduling, and routing. As buses and trains will be driven by AIs, they will be able to work longer hours without fatigue and overtime consideration.

One of the most dramatic paybacks from investment in smart city technologies can be the reduction of time spent in cars, with resultant frustration, costs, and CO2 emissions. Intelligent traffic management systems can manage signal lights, detours, and traffic flows.