Azeem Azhar offers a revelatory new model for understanding how technology -- especially that of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Spotify -- is changing the world. He roots his analysis in the idea of an "exponential gap," in which technological changes rapidly outpace our society's ability to catch up with them. Azhar shows that this divide explains many problems of our time--from political polarization to ballooning inequality to unchecked corporate power. He delves into how the exponential gap is a near-inevitable consequence of the rise of AI, automation, and big data. And he offers a set of policy solutions that can prevent the growing exponential gap from destroying our societies.