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Book Title: The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?|
The author of the book: Patrick Tucker
ISBN 13: 9781591845867
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Date of issue: March 6th 2014
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“Where I saw a thrilling and historic transformation in the world’s oldest idea—the future—other people saw only Target, Facebook, Google, and the government using their data to surveil, track, and trick them . . . But in fact, your data is your best defense against coercive marketing and intrusive government practices. Your data is nothing less than a superpower waiting to be harnessed.” —FROM THE INTRODUCTION
In the past, the future was opaque—the territory of fortune-tellers, gurus, and dubious local TV weathermen. But thanks to recent advances in computing and the reams of data we create through smartphone and Internet use, prediction models for individual behavior grow smarter and more sophisticated by the day. Whom you should marry, whether you’ll commit a crime or fall victim to one, if you’ll contract a specific strain of flu—even your precise location at any given moment years into the future—are becoming easily accessible facts. The naked future is upon us, and the implications are staggering.
Patrick Tucker draws on stories from health care to urban planning to online dating to reveal the shape of a future that’s ever more certain. In these pages you’ll meet scientists and inventors who can predict your behavior based on your friends’ Twitter updates. They are also hacking the New York City sewer system to predict environmental conditions, anticipating how much the weather a year from now will cost an individual farmer, figuring out the time of day you’re most likely to slip back into a bad habit, and guessing how well you’ll do on a test before you take it. You’ll learn how social networks like Facebook are using your data to turn you into an advertisement and why the winning formula for a blockbuster movie is more predictable than ever.
The rise of big data and predictive analytics means that governments and corporations are becoming much more effective at accomplishing their goals and at much less cost. Tucker knows that’s not always a good thing. But he also shows how we’ve gained tremendous benefits that we have yet to fully realize.
Thanks to the increased power of predictive science, we’ll be better able to stay healthy, invest our savings more wisely, learn faster and more efficiently, buy a house in the right neighborhood at the right time, avoid crime, thwart terrorists, and mitigate the consequences of natural disasters. What happens in a future that anticipates your every move? The surprising answer: we’ll live better as a result.
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Read information about the authorPatrick Tucker is the technology reporter/editor with Defense One and deputy editor for the Futurist magazine. He has written on the topics of data, complexity, AI and AGI, information technology, cybernetics, nanotechnology, genetics and genetic ethics, invention, climate change and climate change mitigation, demography, and neuroscience and his writing has appeared in various publications and on many sites, including THE FUTURIST magazine, The Atlantic, National Journal, Quartz, Slate, The Sun (U.K.) MIT Technology Review, The Wilson Quarterly, The Johns Hopkins Magazine, Encyclopedia Britannica online, the Utne Reader, and the Discovery Channel. His first book, The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?, was published by Current, a Penguin imprint, in March of 2014.
As a science journalist and editor, he's interviewed such technologists, policy experts, and visionaries as MIT roboticist Rodney Brooks, Google research director Peter Norvig, military strategist Edward N. Luttwak, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former CIA director Robert James Woolsey, tech guru Tim O'Reilly, environmentalist Lester Brown, flying-car-creator Paul Moller, and inventor Ray Kurzweil on various topics related to technology and innovation.
His writing has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
He's been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor, and Voice of America, and has been a guest on such networks and programs as BBC World Service, WTOP in Washington, Russia Today, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Fox and Friends, and Science Fantastic with Michio Kaku.