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, plainspoken
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.