The Coming Wave: Technology, Power and The Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma

Mustafa Suleyman and Michael Bhaskar


This groundbreaking book from the ultimate AI insider establishes ‘the containment problem’ – the task of maintaining control over powerful technologies – as the essential challenge of our age.


Non-Fiction > Science & Technology

ISBN: 9781847927484



We are approaching a critical threshold in the history of our species.

Everything is about to change.

Soon we will live surrounded by AIs.

They will carry out complex tasks – operating businesses, producing unlimited digital content, running core government services, and maintaining infrastructure.

This will be a world of DNA printers and quantum computers, engineered pathogens and autonomous weapons, robot assistants and abundant energy.

It represents nothing less than a step change in human capability.

We are not prepared.

As co-founder of the pioneering AI company DeepMind, Mustafa Suleyman has been at the centre of this revolution, one poised to become the single greatest accelerant of progress in history.

The coming decade, he argues, will be defined by this wave of powerful, fast-proliferating new technologies.

Driven by overwhelming political and commercial incentives, these tools will help address our global challenges and create vast wealth – but also upheaval on a once unimaginable scale.

In The Coming Wave, Suleyman shows how these forces threaten the grand bargain of the nation-state, the foundation of global order.

As our fragile governments sleepwalk into disaster, we face an existential dilemma: unprecedented harms arising from unchecked openness on one side, the threat of overbearing surveillance on the other.

Can we forge a narrow path between catastrophe and dystopia?

Deeply rewarding and consistently astonishing’ – Stephen Fry

Stunning’ – Rory Stewart

Fascinating, well-written and important’ – Yuval Noah Harari


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