The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250 year long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we're likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action. We watch news of Google's self-driving cars, but don't likely realize this means progressive cities will have to ban human drives in the next decade because us humans are too risky.
Following on from the Industrial or Machine Age, the Space Age and the Digital Age, the Augmented Age will be based on four key disruptive themes - Artificial Intelligence, Experience Design, Smart Infrastructure, and HealthTech. Historically the previous 'ages' bought significant disruption and changes, but on a net basis jobs were created, wealth was enhanced, and the health and security of society improved. What will the Augmented Age bring? Will robots take our jobs, and AI's subsume us as inferior intelligences, or will this usher in a new age of abundance?
Augmented is a book on future history, but more than that, it is a story about how you will live your life in a world that will change more in the next 20 years than it has in the last 250 years. Are you ready to adapt? Because if history proves anything, you don't have much of a choice. view on Amazon
"In the next 10 years, we'll see more disruption and changes to the banking and financial industry than we've seen in the preceding 100 years"—Brett King Breaking Banks: The Innovators, Rogues, and Strategists Rebooting Banking is a unique collection of interviews take from across the global Financial Services Technology (or FinTech) domain detailing the stories, case studies, start-ups, and emerging trends that will define this disruption.
Features the author's catalogued interviews with experts across the globe, focusing on the disruptive technologies, platforms and behaviors that are threating the traditional industry approach to banking and financial services Topics of interest covered include Bitcoin's disruptive attack on currencies, P2P Lending, Social Media, the Neo-Banks reinventing the basic day-to-day checking account, global solutions for the unbanked and underbanked, through to changing consumer behavior Breaking Banks is the only record of its kind detailing the massive and dramatic shift occurring in the financial services space today. view on Amazon
The first edition of BANK 2.0 - #1 on Amazon's bestseller list for banking and finance in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan for over 18 months—took the financial world by storm and became synonymous with disruptive customer behaviour, technology shift, and new banking models. In BANK 3.0, Brett King brings the story up to date with the latest trends redefining financial services and payments—from the global scramble for dominance of the mobile wallet and the expectations created by tablet computing to the operationalising of the cloud, the explosion of social media, and the rise of the de-banked consumer, who doesn't need a bank at all. BANK 3.0 shows that the gap between customers and financial services players is rapidly widening, leaving massive opportunities for new, non-bank competitors to totally disrupt the industry. view on Amazon
Branch Today, Gone Tomorrow
In the wake of the global financial crisis, retail bankers face another equally challenging shift to their business in the near term – the demise of the branch. In the UK, one bank branch has closed everyday since 1990. In the US, transaction volume in-branch will be down almost 60% between the period 2006-2015. In developed economies, consumer visits to bank branches have been down 80-90%.
Yet today most banks spend more than 80% of their channels budget on branch real estate, staffing and support. In a world where the fastest growing interactions with banks are through Internet, mobile phones and social media, what does the bank of 2015 look like? How will we support a 50% reduction in number of branches in the next few years? Where will all the tellers go, and what happens to all that real estate?
Branch Today, Gone Tomorrow is a detailed, multi-faceted business case for the reprioritization of branch banking in the channel mix. It explores economics, behavioural shifts, trust issues facing banks, new retail distribution models and drivers challenging the branch-centric models of yesteryear. Branch Today is not about getting rid of every bank branch you have. It’s about understanding how banking changes when branches are no longer at the centre of acquisition, service and channel strategy. About the author Brett King is the author of the bestselling book Bank 2.0, founder of the world’s first mobile direct bank Movenbank. He advises the world’s biggest banks on innovation, customer experience and distribution strategy. view on Amazon
The financial crisis is just beginning for retail institutions. Ninety to ninety-five per cent of bank transactions are executed electronically today. The Internet, ATMs, call centres and smartphones have become mainstream for customers. But banks still classify these as alternative channels and maintain an organisation structure where Branch dominates thinking. Continued technology innovations, Web 2.0, social networking, app phones and mobility are also stretching traditional banking models to the limit. BANK 2.0 reveals why customer behaviour is so rapidly changing, how branches will evolve, why cheques are disappearing, and why your mobile phone will replace your wallet all within the next 10 years. view on Amazon