“Man’s relationship with technology is complex. We always invent technology, but then technology comes back and reinvents us.” These lines from Where Will Man Take Us? capture the essence of the book. In the 7 million years since our descent from the tree, we have evolved more than any other species. But never in our history has the transformation been this rapid or its consequences so dramatic.
As we speak, our biology is merging with technology to trigger birth of a new species. Emerging technologies are redesigning us to such an extent, that we might soon seek to be more than just human. We might soon have god-like powers and wish to wield them.
Where Will Man Take Us? looks at the primary drivers of this change – artificial intelligence, bio-engineering and nanotechnology. It looks at how in our quest to bring human-like cognition to AI, we are forced to look at ourselves and answer some of our oldest questions – what is it to be human, what is self-awareness, what is consciousness.
AI’s ability to crunch data and math’s ability to find patterns, could also help us unravel some of our greatest mysteries – astrology, aliens, the secret to unbroken eternal happiness. The book also looks at the advancements in genetics – the ability to edit the genome truly marks the beginning of man’s next avatar.
All of this is impacting some of our greatest ideas and institutions. Love, sex, marriage, jobs, currency, privacy, democracy – all of these are changing around us. Each of us, is part of this monumental transformation.
This generation now has the ability to bring a quantitative, algorithmic, scientific lens to questions that man has used philosophy and religion to answer, since forever. This unbelievably exciting time, is what you will read about in Where Will Man Take Us?
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he isAlbert Camus
Talk about the outer beauty- one of the attractive, beguiling and uncluttered cover designs with drones and flies signifying artificial and natural life
Blurb enthralls people who would like to read about AI (Artificial Intelligence) and nanotechnology. This is the book of tomorrow that must be read today. The blurb also signposts that the perfect partner needs to be charged before bed and I couldn’t keep the book down. Winks 😉
Honestly, I thought this book would be of the likes of Sapiens by Yuval who talks about the evolution of mankind and but then this book stretches it by merging natural and artificial elements in lucid writing. Technology makes us our own gods and we being mere humans are never satisfied inventing things that are re-inventing us. Nope, it’s not bad to be never satisfied.
The book starts with Alan Turing, a lost prodigy who subsisted in a misery due to social censures.
Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”― Alan Turing
The entire book is jam-packed with mini nuggets which form a chapter and then a fast-paced book which you will not keep down – never. It has a wealth of information that’s researched meticulously. Let’s call Atul Jalan- India’s Yuval. This is a brilliant crash course on future
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Portfolio (13 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143446932
- ISBN-13: 978-0143446934