|About the Book|
This is an exciting new look at our future from a former university professor who holds advanced degrees in electrical engineering, physics and psychology. He has conducted government-funded research in a number of different areas pertinent toMoreThis is an exciting new look at our future from a former university professor who holds advanced degrees in electrical engineering, physics and psychology. He has conducted government-funded research in a number of different areas pertinent to understanding the future.First and foremost, this book is an attempt to synthesize the many different predictions about our future appearing recently. Many of these predictions are mutually exclusive.Some environmentalists have predicted dire consequences unless we seriously curtail our lifestyles.Some computer scientists have predicted a flowering of mankind, assisted by increasingly intelligent computers.Some experts predict overpopulation and resource depletion.Some biologists, geneticists and nanotechnologists predict life extension and the end of all disease.Others warn of catastrophe from the same technologies.Finally, some worry that automation and intelligent robots will eliminate us or make us useless.Each author has largely ignored the others, as if there could be many different futures.Only one future can emerge. This book was written to propose answers to the following questions:What will happen when digital and other technologies collide with global warming?What will future rates of change be like, and how should we prepare for them?Given the uncertainties, how are we to plan for ourselves and our children?Will automation and intelligent robots take all our jobs?If they do, what will our lives be like, how will we support ourselves, what will we do with all our free time?The findings to date on climate change, automation, economics, history of technology, and future digital and other technological changes have been thoroughly reviewed, and a synthesis attempted to include them in a single future.The result predicts an incredible future in which the precise details of our technological progress cannot be determined in advance, but a future which is predicted to unfold with ever more increasing rates of change.The best way to prepare for this future, a future already well underway, will be to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the changes driving our future, the opportunities offered by the very technologies driving us toward our incredible future. Other predictions and recommendations not previously discussed come naturally from the synthesis presented.This book is intended for general readers interested in our possible future as well as scientists and experts in any field.This book is not intended as a guide to investments or advice on life extension, career choices, or other personal choices or actions involving the future. Contains 14 original figures, graphs and charts, plus a bibliography of recommended readings and end notes containing references to sources for all information.