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Top 5 must-read tech books for 2022



Institutions saw the 2nd year of the CoVid-19 pandemic as an accelerant for their digital transformation efforts. Business leaders saw more problems, ensuring that business operations were back on track with minimal and negligible losses.

These problems typically include transitioning customer and employee experiences, increasing digital security efforts, introducing innovative technology, and sustaining the digital pace they chose.

With this rapid change, demands for books that tackle technology have increased. This rise in demand might be a direct result of digital transformation. The general public has become active participants in virtual spaces as companies and organizations shifted their service and product deliveries: from traditional business spaces towards the virtual and digital ones.

1. Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World
By Kevin Scott, Greg Shaw

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been one of the hot topics even before the pandemic started, and it is still expected to see an increase in the coming decade. AI-centric organizations typically exhibit new operating architecture by reinventing how they create, share, and deliver value. In the “Competing in the Age of AI,” authors Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani show how reinventing business and operating models anchored on data analysis, and AI can help remove traditional constraints on scaling scoping and learning.

Iansiti and Lakhani also packed their book with examples — including many from the most powerful and globally innovative AI-driven competitors. One example that stands to mind is Ant Financial. Ant Financial’s rethinking its business and operating models yielded more results while maintaining low-cost service capital when juxtaposed against industry standards.

2. The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives
By Peter Diamandis, Steven Kotler

Technology is accelerating at an unprecedented rate and will reshape every industry over the next decade. This has been experienced by most companies/ institutions in the Philippines that have yet to focus on their digital transformation efforts to cope with limitations experienced due to the virus.

“In The Future is Faster Than You Think,” space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter Diamandis and his co-author Steven Kotler take a deep dive into emerging and converging technologies that were created to transform our world while providing a framework for executives leading their organizations through the technological disruption to come.

3. Data Privacy & Cybercrime Prevention the Philippine Digital Age
By Henry Roel Aguda, Maria Francesca Montes, and Bryan Dennis Tiojanco

Attacks from the digital world are not something new. The internet age enabled more straightforward access to information and the accessible and convenient use of technology. With its convenience comes bad actors who have found a way to utilize the digital dimension to victimize people. We have seen more cybersecurity-related incidents in the Philippines and abroad, especially during the onset of the pandemic. It is more important than ever that people are oriented on their rights and safeguard their information from cybercriminals.

4. Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking
By: Christopher Hadnagy

As the title suggests, Social Engineering chooses to focus on the life of a hacker rather than the actual practice of hacking. It depicts genius and lazy hackers who prank by breaking virtual walls rather than simply walking through the front door.

5. Opening the archipelago: The story of blockchain in the Philippines
By Henry R. Aguda, Nathan J. Matasigan, and Cathy Bautista-Casas.

In this day and age, digital transformation has become essential for establishments and businesses to thrive within the digital era. Rising technologies like blockchain have provided incomparable opportunities to accelerate innovation. Within the Philippines, we’ve seen a development of blockchain use cases in varied sectors like finance, art, gambling, and education, to call a few.