Why we are on the cusp of a new economic era that will make the changes and challenges of the Information Era seem like child’s play
From the bestselling authors of Blur—a defining book of the Information Age—comes a startling glimpse into the near future and the emerging economy that awaits us. It’s Alive foretells the jolt the world is about to receive as the science of molecular evolution races out of the laboratories and into the business world.
Think back to the early 1970s. Imagine the opportunities for your business, career choice, and investments had you received an advance report on the ways in which computer and information technology would revolutionize the world. It’s Alive provides that opportunity today: a realistic and persuasive look into the future—the molecular economy—and how it is starting to overtake and reshape the Information Age. Today’s gene mapping and molecular engineering are equivalent to the introduction of transistor radios at the advent of the information economy. Solid-state technology moved from the labs into the business arena, providing in turn the transistor, the microprocessor, and the modem—and the information business. During the next ten years, molecular technology will follow the same pattern, moving from the lab and into the basic operation of the corporation itself.
Chris Meyer and Stan Davis are our guides in understanding this new future. They show that not only biological systems evolve. The rules of evolution help explain the process of change in biology, business, and the economy, thereby providing a management guide to the business world around the corner.
It’s Alive is not science fiction or futurism. It bases its insights and predictions on the impact the molecular economy is already having in such diverse business environments as manufacturing, financial services, and energy. Through in-depth case studies of Capital One Financial, the U.S. Marine Corps, British Petroleum, and the biotech firm Maxygen, Meyer and Davis show how adaptive behavior works in the real world. As the rules of evolution combine with the connected economy, our business world will become unpredictable, volatile, and continually adaptive—in other words, alive.
“Holy cow! Integrating biology, management, nanotech, and evolution—if you loved James Gleick’s Chaos, you’ll love It’s Alive.”—SETH GODIN, author of Survival is Not Enough
“Clearly captures the profound impact that biologically inspired technology and technology-infused biology will have on every aspect of our economy and society.” —RAY KURZWEIL, inventor and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines
“The book to read for anyone concerned about business innovation at a time when nothing seems to be going right.”—Antonio Damasio, Van Allen Professor of Neurology, University of Iowa, and author of Looking for Spinoza
“Read this exciting and sweeping book to regrind your own conceptual lenses for understanding business in the twenty-first century—the age of discontinuity.”—JOHN SEELY BROWN, former director of Xerox PARC
“The Web is marrying the biological revolution and driving change in one industry after another. Chris Meyer and Stan Davis not only describe the coming revolution but provide a plan for prospecting in it.”—Juan Enriquez, director of the Life Sciences Project, Harvard Business School, and author of As the Future Catches You
“A CEO-level guide to the forces reshaping our economy. Meyer and Davis have created an essential tool kit for future growth.”—Mick Yates, former group chairman, Johnson & Johnson Consumer