- File Size: 233 KB
- Print Length: 79 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BYG Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (March 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007HQH67U
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Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future Kindle Edition
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riveting talk to the Stanford Transhumanist Association.
What will be the fate of humanity in a future world
populated by supersmart AIs and robots.
His message: basically, we're toast.
According to Brain, the future will bring increasing unemployment
as broad swaths of humanity are replaced by robots. As a consequence,
wealth will continue to concentrate in the hands of a privileged few,
with the great majority (the 99%) being forced into grinding poverty.
(You've heard this before from, say, Karl Marx - but it gets even more bleak.)
As the AIs become ever more powerful they may come to regard
us first as chimpanzees, then as chickens, and finally as bacteria.
How will the AIs deal with us? Possibilities include extermination,
zoos, prisons, and tailor-made virtual reality utopias
(Heavenly or Eden-like versions of The Matrix.)
Scary stuff, but is it true? Yeah, it might happen.
In a brief chat afterward, I told him the best
I could see for humanity in a post-Singularity world
was planet Earth as a retirement home for humanity - watched over
by "machines of loving grace." Perhaps not the exuberant vision
that you're used to, but not that different from real life.
Now, you get old and die, but you get to see
an improved, next generation carry the torch forward.
Post-Singularity, it's just that the machines are carrying the torch
(directing planetary affairs, doing the real innovation, and going to the stars.)
Ok, now back to the book. Having been primed for a nonstop trip
to Hell, the vision portrayed in the book was actually a relief.Read more ›
An interesting and eye opening trip.
I've been digging into the whole 'post-scarcity economy' thing for years after having first been introduced to the concept by Jacques Fresco of The Venus Project [...], James P. Hogan's "Voyage from Yesteryear" and The Culture Series from Ian Banks. I've seen the dystopian version from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson and Counting Heads by David Marusek.
But this book Manna, drives the science fiction into the harsh limelight of the soon-to-be future. It doesn't even require real AI or advanced nanotechnology to achieve it. It all starts with a desktop computer in a back office and radio headset like they wear at the fast food restaurants.
After reading this book, you'll never look at those employees wearing those headsets the same way again.
After reading this book, you'll be wanting to find out where you can sign up for the post-scarcity civilization as how it should be.
The book is simple, told in a narrative style by the protagonist much in the same style as Jules Verne, in my view. But that's the point: The plot is only supposed to be the vehicle to show you what is coming and how we can adapt to it as a new phase of civilization dawns on humanity.
Certain details get overlooked in the process, such as how some of the things the expert software system MANNA tells/does to the employees that would get that employer in hot water with the lawyers (especially in California). But then again those details don't really matter, as the reader becomes convinced that the paradigm shift of robots taking away 90% of human jobs will happen no matter what kind of obstacles are placed in its way.
For 99 cents and only 79 pages of reading time, this book is worth its weight in gold.
Well, Marshall Brain is suggesting how we need to start swerving right now. He guides us by contrasting the path we are on with the path we all could enjoy.
I praise him for his insights. The book was a pleasure to read and thought provoking (and thought reinforcing).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives a balanced view of the inevitable of the future of automation. In one country you've got something akin to Hitler's concentration/work camps where the technology... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Thomas702
This book was amazing and helped improve my worldview. I would absolutely recommend this to everyone to read.Published 1 day ago by Julius M
A good parable...
This is about ownership of goods, about the idea of a universal basic income, and about what choices we should consider.
It's simple by design. Read more
Brain articulates and expands on some of the concepts I've been thinking about lately. With autonomous cars within reach, delivery drones, AI advancing at a rapid pace, Alphabet... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Edward
Deep thought went into these visions and it's a very thought provoking book. I think you'll walk away from the book wanting to have a long conversation with the author to ask him... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lewis Stone
I can see that we are already heading down the road of forced welfare and the oligarchy. We are seeing it's effects already.Published 1 month ago by papacharlie
How will we deal with a world where the need for human labor becomes largely obsolete?
Will the rich and technologically adept flourish leading fabulous lives while the... Read more
The first half of the book was incredibly intriguing. I wish it had been written as a more of a thought-provoking essay than a short story, as the author had quite a few... Read morePublished 2 months ago by uma88
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