- Author: Atul Jalan
- Genre: Engineering & Technology
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Portfolio (13 April 2019)
- Language: English
The first person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born.
The screen that we peer into will soon be within us.
We could soon be taking happiness pills before breakfast.
The perfect partner might need to be charged before bed.
This is a new world we are walking into. And the man who began this journey won’t be the man who ends this journey. Where Will Man Take Us? explores the changes technology is bringing about in us as a society and as a species. What will the next generation turn into, what will it be like, how will the new Adam and Eve live and love?
In this book, Atul Jalan tackles nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and genetics, seamlessly weaving the future of technology with the changing dynamics of human love, morality, and ethics.
Camus said, “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”
And rightly so, man is the being who never stopped evolving. With the aid of his intelligence and curiosity, he has come to become invincible. Man created technology to be of help to him but guess what, as the book throws surprises at us, the technology is engineering a new human!
Where Will Man Take Us? is an elaborate account of how mankind is impacted by the highly advanced automation. The introductory chapter on Alan Turing fascinated me greatly. My interest was piqued and I knew that there won’t be any looking back. The book explicates with examples that how the new technology is creating a new man which in turn is forming a new society. A society of filter bubble and what not. The author deftly maneuvres his way through the intricacies of nanotechnology, biology, mathematics, and not to forget the Artificial Intelligence. With a lucid writing style and ample quotes, the author did a brilliant job in putting up with a grand show of the evolution of a new man.
The author goes on to explain the effects of technology on the dynamics of our lives and behavior. His cautionary tone does the work of hinting us the ill effects of social media on our cognitive behavior, non-stop circulation of fake news, living under the blanket of constant surveillance and surviving in times when everyone has the right to enter our private space except us. We are so drawn towards easing our living that we are hitting on robots. Like seriously, robots are being created to get away with the strain of human relationships. In the process of making more intelligent machines, we have become one.
This book alarms us to the future we are headed to. It brings us to the truth of us becoming cyborgs. It opens up our mind to the solitary lives we are leading and the cascading effects of putting ourselves in the black hole of the technology. As Kurzweil observes,” the extraordinary change would become increasingly common and it would bring… technological change so rapid and profound that it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history.”
The author had incredibly weaved a book with enormous research put with candor. There is a seamless flow of information which stimulates our senses and provides an insight into the truths staring wide at us. The language is simple which would make it easy for everyone to read this book and assimilate the thought process it intends to generate. The book gives a way to kickstart discourses on the usage of technology and how far we are supposed to take it.
MY RATING: 5/ 5
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