What is the impact of COVID-19 on world economies? If the cost of providing universal health care is lower than the cost of building a political movement to prevent it, would politicians still view it as socialism? In a world where algorithms and robots take the jobs of immigrants and citizens alike, are border controls an effective response? If unemployment skyrockets due to automation, would conservative governments rather battle long-term social unrest, or could they agree on something like universal basic income? When renewable energy sources are a fraction of the cost of coal generated electricity, should lobbyists be able to prevent changes to energy infrastructure? When the crowd’s mood is measured in influence and exabytes, will real-time democracy render elections a thing of the past?
International Bestselling authors Brett King and Dr. Richard Petty explore the seismic social changes that will be thrust on the world over the coming decades. The Rise of Technosocialism seeks to answer how our children will live with AI and climate disruption, the impact of COVID-19 in our lives along with which economies will likely emerge victorious in an always-on, smart world.
About the Author
Brett King is an entrepreneur, futurist, and International Bestselling Author. China’s President Xi Jinping cited his book Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane in his 2018 national address; Augmented was a Top 10 non-fiction book in North America. In 2019 his book Bank 4.0 was awarded the Top Book by a Foreign Author in Russia. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Advance Global Australian of the Year Award. Banking Exchange magazine dubbed him the “King of Disruptors”. He advised the Obama Administration, and governments and regulators around the world on future tech.
Dr Richard Petty is a policy advisor, entrepreneur and awarded academic. Based in Hong Kong, Richard has lived and worked in Greater China since the 1990’s. Richard has chaired entities with global footprint, and presently sits on the boards of listed companies in the United States and Australia. He has advised on projects with an aggregate economic impact in the hundreds of billions of dollars, and has led studies on economic competitiveness. Richard previously served as a member of the B20—the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community—on the Financing Growth and Infrastructure Taskforce. Richard has authored or co-authored more than 100 academic and professional works including several books, and several of his journal articles are among the top cited in their fields.
“Technosocialism is incisive, thought-provoking, and brings disparate transformative factors together to give us a set of “Lady or the Tiger?” doors to choose from—and it is up to the imaginative and attuned individuals to make the right choice for humanity’s future.” —Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling Co-Author of Dune: House Atreides
"Provides a one-stop shop that identifies key issues, and the facts, impacting our planet and society, but more importantly a pathway to improvement. This book should be a reference point in every school, university, and home!" —Rachel Grimes, Past President, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
"The dynamic duo of King and Petty brilliantly provides vision and tactics in an era of great uncertainty to achieve greater parity for all in the world of technology, and an understanding of the impact that this will have on the sustainability of our future economy." —Tommye Barie, Past Chair of the American Institute of CPAs and EVP of Leadership Development at Succession Institute, LLC
“Brett King and Richard Petty make a strong case for the need to reform capitalism and replace it with what they call technosocialism: a future in which most human labor is automated and technology advancements make basic services like housing, healthcare, and education ubiquitous and low cost. They offer several ideas about how technology can be used to solve problems in government and the economy, including the use of AI to downsize government, the creation of smart infrastructure and food supply chains, and the provision of universal basic income to replace the paychecks lost to automation. Anyone concerned about the impact our current mode of government and technology trends are having on society will find much food for thought in this book.” —Penny Crosman, Executive Editor Technology, American Banker
"Exactly the right book for this moment in history. The clear strategic vision and fact-based arguments in Technosocialism offer the perfect antidote to the weak leadership, political gridlock and unequal economic opportunity that define our current condition. If we want to break out of this logjam, we all need to apply the insights in Technosocialism right now.” Robert Tercek, Award-Winning Author of Vaporized
“The Rise of Technosocialism is not just a timely road map for anyone trying to navigate the confluence of changes impacting society, but a detailed primer for creating a more equitable and sustainable world. Brett King and Dr. Richard Petty deliver a compelling and optimistic plan for humanity to move forward together as a species.”—Jay Samit, Bestselling Author of Disrupt You and Future Proofing You
“In The Rise of Technosocialism Brett King and Richard Petty masterfully lay out the extraordinary perils of blindly continuing our current economic system, and the massive opportunity we have to create a better future for humanity by transforming our social and economic structures. This book is required reading for anyone who cares about our common future.” —Ross Dawson, Futurist and Bestselling Author of Living Networks
“In their new book Brett King and Richard Petty ask a dangerous question: what kind of world do we want to live in? In presenting four scenarios that range from the mildly unsettling to the downright dystopian, they make the case that even in a time of accelerating technologies, there is nothing certain about the future we end up in. The Rise of Technosocialism is exactly the book we all need to read today–if for no other reason than to know how to build a better tomorrow.” —Mike Walsh, Author of The Algorithmic Leader: How to be smart when machines are smarter than you
“If you think work, life, and world economies can continue without intervention, you’re not alone. But the reality is that nothing is permanent. Everything is either disrupted by outside factors or improved from within. King and Petty help us understand the role we play in the latter.” —Brian Solis, Digital Anthropologist, Futurist, Bestselling Author
“For the past 17 years my research has centred on the question of ‘how do we increase our capacity to adapt to a world of accelerated change?’ This question, unlike a closed puzzle where we know what the answer will look like before we begin, or an open puzzle where we need to figure out the answer as we go, this question behaves more like a mystery that keeps us on the edge of our seats and induces our curiosity and fascination every step of the way, and just when we think we know the answer, another mystery emerges. The Rise of Technosocialism is a brilliant maze of mysteries and will inspire you to decide which road to take to create the social, cultural, economic and technological future you desire.” —Rocky Scopelliti, Futurologist and Author of Youthquake 4.0 and Australia 2030
“Brett and Richard do a fantastic job of making us think about the impact of technology on the future of humanity. If you are looking for a book that will make you reflect on humanity’s purpose, challenge preconceived ideas around economics, and show you a different perspective, you will love Technosocialism.” Henri Arslanian, Bestselling Author of The Future of Finance and Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong
“Brett King and Richard Petty’s view of the future is grounded in reality. This is not just futurists talking about flying cars, in this case they deliver practical preparation for a new world that we're just entering. The two authors aggregate the major trends facing our world and put them into a realistic and readable account of how technology is going to change our world moving forward. From vaccines to digital currency all of these factors are going to play into a future where the fabric of society itself is transformed by digital technology.” —Richard Turrin, Bestselling Author of Cashless: China’s Digital Currency Revolution