Episode 45: Alec Ross on Innovation, Cyber Weaponry, and Robots!

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Get ready for a conversation that will get you thinking (or in my case, freaking out) about the future.

Globalization and the Internet have had a world-changing impact on markets and businesses over the last two decades. The question now is: What comes next? This week, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s former senior advisor for innovation, Alec Ross joins me and my special co-host Marcus BaramFast Company’s Senior News Editor to discuss Alec’s new book The Industries of the Future.  Alec, Marcus and I had so much fun, maybe a little too much. You’ll hear that our microphones couldn’t handle it at some points – we recorded this live at Soho house so please excuse any sound interference.

This week should definitely prompt some interesting conversations at home – let us know what issues got to you the most @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram. We love hearing from you.

xoxox Angie

Alec Ross, author of THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE, is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. For four years he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor for innovation, and in that role traveled more than half a million miles to 41 countries, including some of the toughest places on earth: Haiti, the war zones of Syria, and the cartel-controlled border towns in northern Mexico, to name a few. He was also exposed to the highest levels of leadership in the biggest technology companies and governments around the world. This four-year immersion traveling the globe gave him unique insight into the changing nature of innovation. From phone-charger stands in eastern Congo to R&D labs in South Korea, Ross had the chance to see many of the technologies that await us in the coming years.

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Buy The Industries of the Future on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent bookstore.

Marcus Baram has worked as an editor at the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. He has written and reported for the New York Daily News, ABC News, the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York magazine, and the Village Voice. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed biography “Pieces of a Man: Gil Scott-Heron,” has waited on tables, bartended, deejayed at nightclubs, driven an ice cream truck and taught elementary school.

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I’d also like to thank Paris-based, composer and bassist, Marc Marder, for our new, elegant and ever so sexy, intro music. You’ll get a hint of his immense talent in this brief opening snippet, but you can find more about his celebrated film scores, theater music and concert pieces here. Theme music by Marc Marder ©2016.

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