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  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847942913
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $40.00

Exponential

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




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

  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781847942913
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $40.00

Praise for Exponential

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

As high-tech innovation accelerates in ways that deliver huge benefits to society but also create unique challenges, Azeem Azhar delivers a comprehensive but lively take on the key issues informing what he calls the Exponential Age. It's an essential addition to the ongoing discourse about where these remarkable new technologies can take us, and where we should be aiming to go. Highly recommended!

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and author of BLITZSCALING

Azeem Azhar is a globally recognised voice on technology and its impact. He has written a fascinating and important book, required reading for anyone seeking to understand the new economy and the massive global corporations that seek to dominate that economy.

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Arts

Every generation fears technology is changing frighteningly fast. Usually it is hyperbole, the fear of the unknown. But today technological shifts are posing challenges to our security, our democracies, our way of life, our sanity. Azeem Azhar's brilliant book demystifies these exponentially fast changes and - importantly - shows how the chronic volatility can be harnessed for good. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how to reclaim a good society from the snapping jaws of looming chaos.

Robert Peston

While many talk about the rate of innovation, too few talk about its direction. Azeem's new book helps bring that directionality to the surface through a dynamic understanding of the connections between economic, social and technological forces. 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

A powerful argument . . . Azhar's writing is informative and accessible, and his prescient ideas are only going to become more important.

Hannah Fry, BBC Radio 4 presenter and author of HELLO WORLD

Valuable and timely . . . The importance of the book lies in its diligent and comprehensive definition of a new phase in human affairs . . . An enticing and necessary read.

Sunday Times

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