Suggested Readings

Beniger, James. The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986. ASIN: 0-674-16985-9.
How the ever-increasing pace of the Industrial Age generated the need for information that eventually ecame the center of our economy.

Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Dilemma:When New Technologies
Cause Great Firms to Fail
. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School
Press (Management of Innovation and Change Series), 1997. ISBN: 0-
875-84585-1.
Why well-run companies—specifically the well-run ones—are particularly
susceptible to being destroyed by upstart outfits hitching
their wagon to new and disruptive technologies. The message is to
make your own best products obsolete with innovative ones before
the competition can.

Drucker, Peter. Innovation and Entrepreneurship. New York: Harper &
Row, 1985. ISBN: 0-060-15428-4.
America’s most respected management guru preaches that innovation
consists of the purposeful and organized search for change and
the opportunities such change might offer economically and socially.

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“Future Survey: A Monthly Abstract of Books, Articles, and Reports
Concerning Forecasts, Trends, and Ideas About the Future, a World
Future Society Publication,” Michael Marien, editor. Monthly
newsletter from: World Future Society, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite
450, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA. www.wfs.org/fs
A spectacularly useful overview of all the good new books and articles
on topics addressed in this book and many others. A monumental
achievement. I don’t know how Marien does it.

Gleick, James. Faster:The Acceleration of Just About Everything. New York:
Pantheon, 1999. ISBN: 0-679-40837-1.

Hanson, Robin. “Economic Growth Given Machine Intelligence.”
http://hanson.gmu.edu/aigrow.pdf
———. “Is a Singularity Just Around the Corner?” In Journal of Transhumanism,
April 10, 1998. http://www.transhumanist.com/volume2/
singularity.htm

———. Hanson’s Web site: http://hanson.gmu.edu/home.html
Hanson is that unlikely combination, an economist who thinks
about The Singularity. As he says, “I am addicted to ‘viewquakes,’
insights which dramatically change my worldview.”


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