The Five Forces That Change Everything
How Technology is Shaping Our Future
by Steven S. Hoffman
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Pub Date 10 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2021
BenBella Books, Matt Holt
Discover what lies in our future:
The Five Forces takes you on a journey to see what the most brilliant minds of our age are dreaming up. Hoffman reveals how new scientific breakthroughs and business ventures are poised to reshape our lives and turn science fiction into fact.
With scientists in Japan creating humanoid robots, Silicon Valley biohackers boosting their IQs, and Chinese labs developing human-monkey chimeras, Hoffman gives an inside look at the limits of what’s possible today and the impact these developments will have.
What happens when brain chips connect our minds directly to the internet? Will we be able to boost our IQs, exchange memories, and communicate with our thoughts? Or will this turn into a nightmare, with corporations reading our minds, hackers overwriting our identities, and governments controlling our actions?
Now that we can decode the building blocks of life and create new lifeforms that never existed before, what comes next? Will we conquer disease, resurrect extinct species, develop superior plants and animals, create DNA-edited babies, and even spawn other intelligent beings?
Is it our manifest destiny to colonize Mars and extend the human race beyond the limits of our solar system? How will technologies like space travel, new materials, and nanotech transform our civilization and open up new horizons we never imagined possible?
As our machines become capable enough to do every job better, faster, and cheaper, how will this affect society? Will we wind up delegating our most important decisions to data crunching algorithms? And does this mean our machines will end up running our economies, our corporations, and even our lives?
As soon as we create a superintelligence that far surpasses human capabilities, what will happen to us? Will we be able to control our machines, or will they eventually control us? Are we headed for a paradise of plenty, where our technology eliminates hunger, disease, poverty, and war? Or will this be the end of our reign as the rulers of the planet?
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This is a wonderful introduction to all amazing future technologies at the horizon. Book describes current state of a technology and possible future scenarios. It delves in both positive and negative aspects.
Book has broad coverage of all important topics. It is written in simple language and in easily understandable tone. A very good science book.
The five Forces That Change Everything is a walk through 5 major categories shaping our collective future.
The book is very well designed with an ability to understand as the author calls waves of evolution in each of the categories. The author uses a very easy method to do this with current events, history, limitations, threats, and challenges to each of the five. One that caught my interest was the Bio force with ideas of smart drugs, energy boosters, and super supplements for living longer, increasing mental and physical energy levels for the ability to increase human potential. He then provides the risks, challenges, and discussions we should be having with each of these five forces. Also, linking each category with the others in synergistic ways that could allow people to see again or for the first time through Artificial Sensory perception. I believe this will allow us to separate hype from reality while reducing anxiety over these changes by well informed meaningful discussion rather than rejecting change or radically adopting something without eyes wide open.
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