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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marc Goodman Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flip side: our technology can be turned against us. Hackers can activate baby monitors to spy on families, thieves are analyzing social media posts to plot home invasions, and stalkers are exploiting the GPS on smart phones to track their victims’ every move. We all know today’s criminals can steal identities, drain online bank accounts, and wipe out computer servers, but that’s just the beginning. To date, no computer has been created that could not be hacked—a sobering fact given our radical dependence on these machines for everything from our nation’s power grid to air traffic control to financial services.

Yet, as ubiquitous as technology seems today, just over the horizon is a tidal wave of scientific progress that will leave our heads spinning. If today’s Internet is the size of a golf ball, tomorrow’s will be the size of the sun. Welcome to the Internet of things, a living, breathing, global information grid where every physical object will be online. But with greater connections come greater risks. Implantable medical devices such as pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt of electricity and a car’s brakes can be disabled at high speed from miles away. Meanwhile, 3D printers can produce AK-47s, bioterrorists can download the recipe for Spanish flu, and cartels are using fleets of drones to ferry drugs across borders.

With explosive insights based upon a career in law enforcement and counterterrorism, Marc Goodman takes readers on a vivid journey through the darkest recesses of the Internet. Written like science fiction but based in science fact, Future Crimes explores how bad actors are primed to hijack the technologies of tomorrow, including robotics, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. These fields hold the power to create a world of unprecedented abundance and prosperity. But the technological bedrock upon which we are building our common future is deeply unstable and, like a house of cards, can come crashing down at any moment.

Future Crimes provides a mind-blowing glimpse into the dark side of technological innovation and the unintended consequences of our connected world. Goodman offers a way out with clear steps we must take to survive the progress unfolding before us. Provocative, thrilling, and ultimately empowering, Future Crimes will serve as an urgent call to action that shows how we can take back control over our own devices and harness technology’s tremendous power for the betterment of humanity—before it’s too late.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The hacks and heists detailed in Future Crimes are the stuff of thrillers, but unfortunately, the world of cybercrime is all too real. There could be no more sure-footed or knowledgeable companion than Marc Goodman on this guided tour of the underworld of the Internet. Everyone—and the business world especially—should heed his advice.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive

  • “From black ops to rogue bots and everything in between, Future Crimes is a gripping must-read. Marc Goodman takes readers on a brilliant, ‘behind-the-screens’ journey into the hidden world of twenty-first century criminal innovation…Even better, Goodman offers practical solutions so that we not only survive progress, but thrive to an extent never previously imagined.”

    Peter H. Diamandis, New York Times bestselling author of Abundance

  • “As new loopholes open up in cyberspace, people inevitably find ways to flow through them. Future-proof yourself by reading this book. No one has a better vantage point than Goodman, and you won’t want to touch another keyboard until you know what’s in these pages.”

    David Eagleman, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito

  • “Excellent and timely…He rightly urges the private and public sectors to work more closely together…The best time to start tackling future crimes is now.”

    Economist (London)

  • “Addictive …He presents his myriad hard-to-imagine cybercrime examples in the kind of matter-of-fact voice he probably perfected as an investigator. He clearly wants us never to look at our cellphones or Facebook pages in the same way again—and in this, Future Crimes succeeds marvelously.”

    Washington Post

  • Future Crimes is a risk compendium for the Information Age…Exhaustively researched…fascinating…thrilling to read.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • "Future Crimes is] a ride well worth taking if we are to prevent the worst of his predictions from taking shape.”

    Financial Times (UK)

  • “Marc Goodman is a go-to guide for all who want a good scaring about the dark side of technology.”

    New Scientist

  • “Utterly fascinating stuff…Goodman weds the joy of geeky technology with the tension of true crime. The future of crime prevention starts here.”

    NPR, San Francisco

  • Future Crimes reads like a collection of unusually inventive, terrifying plots conjured up by the world’s most ingenious science fiction writer…except that almost every story in this goosebump-raising book is happening all around us right now. It’s a masterful page-turner.”

    Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2015
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Business & Investing
  • A 2015 Top 10 Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by tikirawker | 12/3/2015

    " very well put together. the fact that it is based on true events makes it more compelling! "

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