Thomas L Friedman

Thomas L Friedman

Thriving in the Age of Acceleration

Festival of Ideas/
Wed 25 January 2017

Thomas L Friedman

Thriving in the Age of Acceleration

Thomas L Friedman
Wed 25 January 2017,

We live in an age of accelerations and great change. To understand the twenty-first century, Thomas L Friedman, noted New York Times columnist (and known as the author President Obama reads), shows how the planet’s three largest forces – the advance of technology, globalisation and climate change – are each driving the other and fundamentally reshaping the world.

He travelled the world to meet tech giants, engineers and political and social innovators to discover exactly who is inventing the software, shaping the social vision and directing the markets that are changing our lives in this new age.

He explains the urgency of harnessing the increasing power of Artificial Intelligence to non-destructive ends. He explores the rise of the super-empowered individuals and companies, considers the demise of whole states likely to fail if they can’t keep up, and offers a guide on how to adapt to this era of acceleration without losing our humanity. In today’s changing world of Brexit and Donald Trump’s promises of walls and tariffs, Friedman argues that it is only openness to ideas and trade that will allow us all to thrive. He addresses the need for politically moral leadership; how to build resilient and prospering citizens; and why ‘stempathy’ – the ideal skill set for the jobs of the future (science, technology, maths and empathy) – is needed. There’s no better guide to the world we live in now and the changes that will follow.

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