National Institute of Standards and Technology
This is the site you’ll want to use when making any authoritative argument in life. The people who make the stuff that makes our world work (like the internet and electricity) all take their marching orders here.
It’s a deep, deep dive but well worth it. You might not ever get through it all, but it’s nice to know the reference is there when you need it.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you and have fun!
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century: Thomas L. Friedman
This is an important book for understanding what the future holds for the global economy. Spoiler alert: you might not be part of it unless you can invent yourself as a valuable part of the big picture.
The most important take away is the concept of glocalization. There’s many professions that won’t exist in the coming automated and outsourced future. However, in place of the opportunities that once existed will blossom new and exciting industries like Internet of Things ($30 Trillion) that will require new skills and creativity.
There will be winners and losers and I personally don’t see a lot of people making the trip.
I am thinking the coffee shop or pub owner may have the best gig. (#worldsnumberonedrug)