Your Future Self Will Wish They Read These Books

If only we could see the future like this:

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Okay, so that’s not possible. That doesn’t mean we can’t try to cover our bases and prepare ourselves for the future.

If you’re ready to ask the big questions we’ll be facing in the immediate future, take a look at these 3 books by some of the most forward-looking thinkers today:

1. In our hyperconnected world, how can we see the bigger picture?
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Jonathan Cape, 2018

Harari’s book looks into what lies ahead for us: Will a new world war happen? How can we stop fake news? Is democracy in decline?. In a series of short essays, the historian investigates the case for each problem, and explores possible solutions for them.

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If you want to get the big idea about what’s going on in the world, turn to 21 Lessons and be part of the global conversation today.

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2. How will jobs change now that Artificial Intelligence is here?
Only Humans Need Apply by Thomas H Davenport

Harper Business, 2016

AI is here, and we can’t ignore that it’s changing everything. In the workplace, AI will play an active role in shaping how the job gets done. Think of them less as helpful little digital assistants you can summon with the touch of a button, but as a fully integrated member of your team giving large amounts of input.

This book outlines how workplace dynamics will shift with the coming of AI, and its effect on several industries, including medical, legal, and manufacturing fields.

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Organic minds will have to learn how to play ball with artificial ones if they want a competitive edge. Prepare yourself for the robot revolution with this handy guide!

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3. Things look like they’ll get pretty bleak. How can we keep faith in the future?
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Canongate Books, 2016

Rebecca Solnit’s essays never fail to provide insight and inspiration to live a better tomorrow. She tells us why we matter: though we don’t see it, our words, thoughts and deeds are actually part of a bigger story.

In this book, the activist outlines how action and hope go hand-in-hand, and why being a light for others is more important than ever in times of confusion.

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Recommended for anybody who needs a little guidance in dark times.

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What’s one thing you wish you knew about the future? Let us know in the comments.

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