Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members


The Covid-19 crisis has transformed the world irreversibly and in the new world order, technology is going to play a huge role. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution growing at an unprecedented speed, the world is experiencing an increased uptake of tech adoption multilaterally.

The World Economic Forum suggests that in the next 5-10 years, machines and AI will displace millions of jobs, while creating a larger number of new job roles. Hence, to thrive in the next decade individuals would need to change fundamentally – they need to open up for learning.

Upskilling, reskilling and learning continually (on the job or otherwise) will be the only ways to ensure career growth in the future. So, here are a few books that can get you started in your new journey of learning recommended by Theceolibrary.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari

This is a new book from the accomplished author and historian, Harari, where he deliberates on the immediate challenges faced by the human race – the likes of climate change, machine learning, automation.

Harari is such a stimulating writer that even when I disagreed, I wanted to keep reading and thinking.” -Bill Gates.

The Inevitable: The 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape our Future, by Kevin Kelly

Published in 2016, The Inevitable is a non-fiction written by Kelly, the co-founder of Wired (magazine). In this book, Kelly forecasts twelve technological forces, that would be most crucial in shaping the next thirty years. The book portrays the bigger picture and lays out what the future is expected to bring us.

“It [the book] gave me a lot more perspective on the future and how I can participate in the next big changes the world is going to go through. It is both a practical and conceptual book.”

 – Matthieu David-Experton, CEO & Founder, Daxue Consulting.

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativiy Begins, by Garry Kasparov

Quite a page-turner, this book expounds on how humans can thrive in a world replete with intelligent machines. In this book, Kasparov addresses all the aspects of AI and what it actually entails for our society. The book is a mine of meaningful insights and information that if you decide to highlight the important points, you would end up highlighting more than half of the book.

Technology vs Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine, by Gerd Leonhard

The author, Gerd Leohard, is a musician and futurist, who travels the world in order to consult and advise public organizations and enterprises, helping them to grasp their future challenges and choices. In this book, Leohard explores the near future by blending humanism with futurism. Through the book, he attempts to alert the readers to the imminent moral and ethical choices the world would be confronting soon.

HEDGE: A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age, by Nicolas Colin

The French author, Nicolas Colin is an entrepreneur renowned for his work on strategy, finance and policy. In this book, Colin discusses building a fresh safety net for the upcoming era of entrepreneurship and takes the readers through the history of economic and social institutions, expounding on how they are interconnected with science, politics, the corporate world and entrepreneurship and how the equation has shifted in recent years.

“As a corporate strategist in the fintech vertical, the book has captured my imagination by surfacing a few important paradigm shifts… it gave me a new theory about the startups that might be the winners in this space…”

-Dan Colceriu, Strategist

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

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