Humanity's Future: How Technology Will Change Us Paperback – June 5, 2016
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Paperback : 186 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692701583
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692701584
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.42 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Humanity+ (June 5, 2016)
- Language: : English
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But still, a large percentage of the planet's population has yet to wrap their brains around these ideas. This is where books like Humanity's Future come in. Friedenberg patiently and eloquently leads the reader through a series of very sensible extrapolations of current science and technology, which have dramatic transformative implications for humanity. And he argues rationally why these development may well take place in the relatively near future.
This is a book you can give your mom or grandma or dentist or anyone who is interested in new ideas, but may have little science or technology background -- and it will gradually lead them through the steps they need to follow to achieve a modern, Singularity-savvy, transhumanist view of the world. And if you're already up to speed on advanced tech and its implications, there are various nuggets in the book that will be new and interesting to you as well.
Without erecting the walls of jargon that too often bound the pages of works dealing with issues as serious as those addressed in Humanities Future, Friedenberg brings together logical arguments and examples from the edges of scientific and philosophical inquiry in a manner accessible to the nonspecialist, while providing a variety of points of entry to academics inclined toward futurist thought and looking to broaden their knowledge of disciplines beyond their own. Aptly (though perhaps incompletely) titled, Humanities Future is a valuable document for those looking to gain an understand of the factors that play an increasingly determinative role in the future; of human beings, and of other kinds of conscious entities that are yet to be.
I found this book to be original and unique. It is not the typical repeat of what has already been written on this subject. Too many books on this subject leave the reader bewildered and overwhelmed with tech jargon and/or have heavy handed predictions and opinions. Leaving the reader to wonder where is the humanity in all this. This is one of the rare emerging tech books that does not leave out the Humanity. Rather, Jay Friedendberg puts the Humanity back in to it, where it belongs. Jay’s includes essays on intelligence, knowledge and knowing, psychology, social systems, civilization, love, sex, reason and emotion. This was helpful in providing human context for the technology and provided useful background information necessary to understand and digest the implications of technologies.
This book is most refreshing, it leads you through the past, present, and future technologies allowing you the reader to form your own opinions. Jay’s Friedenberg’s approach is down to earth and reasonable. He uses his expertise and knowledge to shine light on the impact technology has had on humanity and will continue to have at an ever increasing rate. He explains the psychology behind the technologies and how this drives the use and adoption of these emerging technologies into our everyday lives and how this changes us as humans and shapes our future. His opinions are more on the lines of suggestive thought experiments and are not offensive or off-putting. Jay gives practical suggestion for the future in the last two chapters, Preparing for the Future and How to Save the World in 65 Easy Steps. Which, I think is important and is something left out of many book of this kind. It is exciting to see a book that makes you question where we have come from, where is all this leading, and is this the path we want to take? Then offers reasonable suggestions for taking an active role in deciding the future of Humanity. I learned a lot about myself and thought of technologies in ways I have not considered before.