This week’s selection is “Business and Emerging Technologies” by George Baffour.
This book is all about key technologies that are rapidly changing the world, and rapidly changing themselves. The book includes chapters devoted to specific technologies you have no doubt heard about, but perhaps don’t know the details of their current state.
Here’s a list of the technologies covered:
- Computing, Data and Intelligence
- Virtual Worlds
- Materials and Production Technologies
- The Flexible Workplace
Why write a book with this content? The answer is that the development of technologies has sped up considerably, particularly if one looks at tech over long periods. Centuries ago it was common for people to experience their entire life without seeing any notable change in the technology of their lives.
Decades ago it became common for change to be observed, and it became frequent. Back in the 1970s a book explored this phenomenon, “Future Shock”, by Alvin Toffler. The premise was that soon technology would be changing so fast that people would not be able to keep up, putting decision-making at risk.
That future shock phenomenon has definitely taken hold in the 21st century; it’s hard enough to keep up with developments in 3D printing, let alone all the other tech disciplines.
This book attempts to provide a quick catchup on the key technological areas listed above. The sections are presented in an easy-to-read fashion, and should provide the reader with the basics of each technology.
For business leaders this could be quite important. Technology decisions, if made incorrectly or from an uninformed viewpoint, could cause very serious problems. It’s important to have at least a basic understanding of the forces at play.
Business managers might benefit from this book as it is a very quick way to gain a base of knowledge about the key technologies that will definitely affect our world in years to come.
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