Survival of the Richest

The Tech Elite's Ultimate Exit Strategy

English language

Published Sept. 15, 2022 by Norton & Company Limited, W. W..


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4 stars (1 review)

Named One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022 by Kirkus and Literary Hub

The tech elite have a plan to survive the apocalypse: they want to leave us all behind.

Five mysterious billionaires summoned theorist Douglas Rushkoff to a desert resort for a private talk. The topic? How to survive the “Event”: the societal catastrophe they know is coming. Rushkoff came to understand that these men were under the influence of The Mindset, a Silicon Valley–style certainty that they and their cohort can break the laws of physics, economics, and morality to escape a disaster of their own making—as long as they have enough money and the right technology.

In Survival of the Richest, Rushkoff traces the origins of The Mindset in science and technology through its current expression in missions to Mars, island bunkers, AI futurism, and the metaverse. In a dozen urgent, electrifying chapters, he confronts tech …

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Not quite sure what to make of it

4 stars

This book was certainly fun and contained a handful of interesting ideas. However, I was missing a coherent throughline to the book. It really just draws a lot of analogies and relates separate things (often in very interesting ways). Especially if you don't follow 'tech politics' as obsessively as I do, you might find a lot of fun (and depressing) things in here.