Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation, and how technology is transforming global business, trade and leadership. For four years he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor for innovation. We all understand how globalization, digitalization and the internet have had a world-changing impact on markets and businesses over the last two decades. The question now is: What comes next? This is what Alec Ross talks about.
Ahead of the release of his book THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE (Simon & Schuster, 2016), I spoke to Alec & asked him what are the next Trillion Dollar industries that businesses, governments & investors to be aware of and are there opportunities unique to Asia. He has visited and studied some 40 of the 48 nations in Asia and The Industries of the Future is a book with a clear focus on the region.
From speaking to Alec it’s clear he has developed a deep understanding of Asia. He has studied Japan, South Korea, China, India and Singapore on topics as varied as the role of women in fueling economic growth, robotics, genomics and the tension between the competing impulses towards being more economically and culturally dynamic region.
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Reviews of Alec’s Book:
“In a world growing more chaotic, Alec Ross is one of those very rare people who can see patterns in the chaos and guidance for the road forward. He has an unusual diversity of expertise that allows him to apply multiple lenses to the world’s challenges and dream up the kind of innovative solutions that are changing the world.”
—Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google and author of The New Digital Age
“The next 20 years are going to be even faster-moving and more transformative than the 20 we just lived through. Predicting exactly what is going to happen is impossible. But thinking systematically and strategically, as Alec Ross does here, about robotics, genomics, and the codification of everything is absolutely critical. Anyone who wants to understand the key forces that are shaping our economic, political, and social futures will benefit hugely from Ross’s insights.”
—Reid Hoffman, Founder & Chairman, LinkedIn
“It will likely be one of 2016’s most talked about releases, and I predict will take its place alongside other classic tech-and-society books, like Tim Wu’s Master Switch and Jonathan Zittrain’s Future of the Internet. It’s that good. His writing reveals not just where industries are heading, but where entire societies may end up as a result. This is important reading. Ross takes on an enormous challenge of making sense of how new technology is changing the world, and does so incredibly well, by any standard.”
“This book is a must read for the rising generation and their concerned parents and educators. Alec Ross brings a far-reaching perspective to bear in illustrating the opportunities to be seized in our changing world—across sectors and the globe—and the kind of preparation that will be important to make the most of them.”
—Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America and CEO of Teach For All
“A lucid and informed guide, even on the most technical issues.”
“A brilliant, captivating description of the profound changes that will be ushered in byadvances in robotics, big data, and genomics – and of the implications of those developments for employment, wealth distribution, and global trade. Alec Ross combines an extraordinary understanding of future trends with an equally extraordinary ability to describe those trends and explain what they mean forthe world in the decades ahead.”
—General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute; former Commander of the Surge in Iraq and Director of the CIA
“The Industries of the Future is an engaging, clear-eyed look at the benefits and challenges of the coming wave of global innovation. Alec Ross, with his years of passionate work in the public and private sectors, is uniquely positioned to understand and explain where we’re coming from and where we’re going.”
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