Travelling the world with his eyes open, Parag is a trenchant critic of the standard wisdom about the second and third worlds. He has written books such as "The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century and "How to Run The World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance." Parag is director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, exploring human-technology co-evolution. In his 2012 TED book "Hybrid Reality", he explores our complex relationship with science and technology--and how it could create new and unexpected lifestyles and social structures. At TEDGlobal 2012, he curated and guest-hosted the session "The Upside of Transparency".