Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future (英語) ハードカバー – 2018/3/27
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Unscaled identifies the forces that are reshaping the global economy and turning one of the fundamental laws of business and society--the economies of scale--on its head.
"Hemant Taneja, the author of Unscaled... says, he sees two trends-demand for hyperpersonalized products and entrepreneurs' ability to 'rent scale' in the cloud-that are putting incumbents at an increasing disadvantage."―Harvard Business Review
"The book explores how unscaling will affect six industries-energy, healthcare, education, finance, media, and consumer products-and how to benefit from this revolution."―Talent Development Magazine
"Hemant Taneja provides important insights on the possibilities for AI to transform fields ranging from education to healthcare. He equally shows the need for transparency and clear values in deploying these powerful new technologies."―David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM, Watson & Cloud Platform technologies
"Unscaled demystifies that little acronym with big meaning-'AI'-and lays out where you can participate in the revolution."―Carter Cast, clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University
"A thought-provoking look at the technology that is changing the world of business and the benefits, pitfalls, and challenges for society as a whole."―Kenneth I. Chenault, former chief executive officer, American Express Company
"An important and fascinating read for anyone looking to better understand the forces driving innovation and disruption which are affecting every sector of our economy."―Penny Pritzker, chairman of PSP Capital Partners and former US Secretary of Commerce
"Unscaled presents a paradigm shift in how we should think about the role of technology and policy in addressing the real threat of climate change.... Thoughtful innovation can help us take on some of the biggest challenges facing society."―Bill Ritter Jr., former Colorado governor and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
"The world is changing rapidly. In Unscaled, visionary venture capitalist Hemant Taneja shows us how. Even in an industry as resistant to change as health care, data and technology are upending traditional models and ushering in a new era of precision. This book is for anyone who wants to understand how to leverage the economies of unscale to address the challenges of the modern world."―Lloyd B. Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine
I bought this book after seeing a tweet by Hemant Taneja the author. I loved the book, finishing reading it in a little over three hours. I skimmed a few parts of it, but read the first few chapters very attentively (sorry, as you read this you can see that my writing skills are a bit rusty). You may be asking why, if I loved the book did I give it 4-stars and not 5 ? There are a couple of reasons. One is that many books about entrepreneurial success and innovation suffer from the narrative fallacy. Another reason is that I think the author is a little delusional in positing that economies of scale somehow don’t matter any more. He may argue that that’s not exactly what he’s saying ... Regardless, I wish he had given the science of economics a little more respect :)
My favorite part of the book, which deserves an absolute 5-star, is the author’s story about how his family emigrated to the US from India, how hard he had to work as a teenager to help his family financially, his thirst for knowledge that led him to take a wide variety of courses at MIT, and how around the time of his graduation he did not have enough credits to graduate in any one subject :) ... (he eventually ended with 5 or 6 majors ...well deserved). I loved his grit, his tenacity and of course his thirst for knowledge. And of course I loved to read about another success story from immigrants (both him and his parents). Now if he only showed a little more respect to the mother of all science (ie economics :) he’d have earned the coveted 5-star from me.