Technology is advancing at an ever-accelerating rate and it's easy to feel overwhelmed and confused in the face of such unprecedented innovation.
Staying on top of how tech might change the way your business operates requires you to remain constantly informed. One of the best ways to stay ahead of the curve is by gathering insights from the forward thinkers driving the digital revolution.
More literature about how tech will change business is being published than ever. These books can give you the insights you need to survive the next big technological disruption:
1. Gig Mindset: Reclaim Your Time, Reinvent Your Career, and Ride the Next Wave of Disruption by Paul Estes
Paul Estes worked at such companies as Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon before realizing he could no longer balance his professional and personal lives. His solution? A virtual assistant.
Gig Mindset seeks to give people the tools they need to take control of their career and make a mark without getting crushed by outside pressure -- and explains how the right virtual assistant can make all the difference. (At least nine entrepreneurs I've coached agree with Estes that a virtual assistant is the way to go to create more impact.)
2. Sustainable Energy -- Without the Hot Air by David JC MacKay
Wind, solar, and other sustainable energy sources have been poised to change the economy for a while now -- but how will that actually happen? Sustainable Energy -- Without the Hot Air is a fantastic starter guide for people looking to wrap their heads around one of the biggest economic disruptions of the 21st century. David MacKay's objective lens makes it easy to see all sides of this huge issue and develop your own perspective on it.
3. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
Artificial intelligence promises to disrupt every aspect of business, but what that might look like is still tough to answer. Max Tegmark tackles the question with poise and lucidity. Life 3.0 is a mind-opening read that showcases all of the different ways A.I. might affect our lives while illuminating the different paths society could take with A.I. If you've long wanted to join the conversation around A.I. but felt underqualified, this book will let you speak your mind with ease.
4. Guaranteed Analytics: A Prescriptive Approach to Monetizing All Your Data by Jim Rushton
We're currently in the middle of a data renaissance, with business leaders investing more in number-crunching analysis than ever before. Even so, people look at data the wrong way, through the wrong lens, and with the wrong goals in mind.
Jim Rushton's new book shows you how to cut through the noise of surface-level data and get to the heart of what affects your business. Guaranteed Analytics is a how-to guide for turning your data into income, making it well worth the price of admission. I've picked up tips that have already influenced my 2020 data gathering.
5. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World by Marc Goodman
The future of tech isn't a utopia -- it has an underside as well. Future Crimes is an absolute page turner demonstrating the numerous ways that businesses, criminals, and governments are using the digital revolution for unsavory purposes. Marc Goodman, a former Interpol adviser and police officer, makes this deep dive into bad tech read like a thriller, entertaining and informing at the same time.
6. Rethinking Hand Safety: Myths, Truths, and Proven Practices by Joe Geng
While most of us go our whole lives without ever really thinking about hand safety, Joe Geng has spent his career focusing on how to keep hands safe and functional on the job. Rethinking Hand Safety is a remarkable case study into how advancements in technology, business practices, and cultural understanding have changed hand safety on the job -- and how much further we still have to go on the issue.
7. Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez
Chaos Monkeys, a New York Times bestseller, is a funny, insightful, and discomforting look at the new titans of industry captaining the tech world. Antonio Garcia Martinez has turned his experiences at Twitter and Facebook -- as well as his experiences as a solopreneur -- into an inside peek at some of Silicon Valley's most absurd stories, some of which are his own.
No one knows exactly what the future will look like, but gathering a variety of perspectives helps you be prepared for what might come next. These books can help you get a jump-start on future-proofing your business in 2020 and beyond.