- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Portfolio (13 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143446932
- ISBN-13: 978-0143446934
- Package Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 259 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Where Will Man Take Us?: The bold story of the man technology is creating Paperback – 13 Apr 2019
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About the Author
Atul Jalan, forever on the lookout for the next exciting idea and the next exciting thing to do, is an entrepreneur who is always on the move.
A childhood interest in technology transformed into a lasting love-life-technology intersections-through which he now explores how the technology man built is transforming him and the institutions he has created. What interests him the most about this merging of biology with technology is the fact that there is no end to it.
There is always something new, something exciting, something surprising around the corner. When not peeking at how technology impacts life next door, Jalan likes to travel-preferably on the bicycle he's built himself with the aid of a few tech tools he is testing.
A science storyteller and futurist, Jalan is the founder-CEO of a pioneering AI venture, Manthan, by day. It is his fourth successful venture as an entrepreneur, and there is no knowing where he might take us next.
For more about him, visit https://atuljalan.com/.
From the Publisher
“Man’s relationship with technology is complex. We always invent technology, but then technology comes back and reinvents us.” These lines from Where Will Man Take Us? capture the essence of the book. In the 7 million years since our descent from the tree, we have evolved more than any other species. But never in our history has the transformation been this rapid or its consequences so dramatic.
As we speak, our biology is merging with technology to trigger birth of a new species. Emerging technologies are redesigning us to such an extent, that we might soon seek to be more than just human. We might soon have god-like powers and wish to wield them.
Where Will Man Take Us? looks at the primary drivers of this change – artificial intelligence, bio-engineering and nanotechnology. It looks at how in our quest to bring human-like cognition to AI, we are forced to look at ourselves and answer some of our oldest questions – what is it to be human, what is self-awareness, what is consciousness.
AI’s ability to crunch data and math’s ability to find patterns, could also help us unravel some of our greatest mysteries – astrology, aliens, the secret to unbroken eternal happiness. The book also looks at the advancements in genetics – the ability to edit the genome truly marks the beginning of man’s next avatar.
All of this is impacting some of our greatest ideas and institutions. Love, sex, marriage, jobs, currency, privacy, democracy – all of these are changing around us. Each of us, is part of this monumental transformation.
This generation now has the ability to bring a quantitative, algorithmic, scientific lens to questions that man has used philosophy and religion to answer, since forever. This unbelievably exciting time, is what you will read about in Where Will Man Take Us?
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Before us, is a whole new species.
We are the transitional generation.
What a great place and time to be in!
Title - Where will Man Take us? The bold story of the man technology is creating
Author - Atul Jalan
Publisher - penguin
Genre - non-fiction
Pages - 318
Format - paperback
Plot - This book consists of five sections and each section is divided into many chapters in which the author talked about nanotechnology,artificial intelligence,quantum,computing and genetics and its impact on the society. He started the book with the evolution of species and moved to technology - it's past,present and future. This book explores the changes technology is bringing about about in us-as a society and as species.
What will the next generation turn into?
What will it be like,how will the new Adam and Eve like and love?
Grab this book to know where will man take us?
1) The cover of the book is bright and beautiful and the title of the book is relevant to the content.
2) The plot is unique,bold and well researched and the author has beautifully narrated science and technology without making it a boring read.
3) The language is simple and easy to understand. The author described science and technology in layman's language using conversational style.
4) The quotes used in this book from philosophers and books makes it an interesting read.
5) Bibiliography provided at the end of this book is reader's friendly.
6) The flow of the book is well paced which keeps the readers hooked till the end. Overall, an informative and engaging read.
I highly recommend this book to all technology lovers out there. A must read for you all.
This book is flooding bookstagramindia for last two weeks and being nonfiction reader I spontaneously ordered it. It has awesome cover and feel when you hold it.
Everybody is praising it, but I would like to put forward my personal opinion, so that you may get a wholesome idea about it.
1. It has shadow of #yuvalnoahharari book #homodeus. Parts on #AI and future, dataism, driverless car and ethics, deep blue, AI and jobs appear familiar.
2. It is written with US readers in mind with very less space dedicated to Indian context. There is Trump, his inauguration, 2016 Us elections, Hillary, Obama and US cimema and silicon valley.
3. Author assumes reader to be semi- expert in all sci-fi series, Hollywood movies, mathemetics, Europen arts, basic physics and lots of philosophy books.
4. Repitition of things like CRISPR, Moore, Kurzweil and nanobots.
5. At points becomes little too technical like Maths and art, periodic table, astronomy.
These chapters could easily be ommited to keep book focussed.
6. There is a long poem, somewhere which is not too great.
I liked chapters on fake news, blockchain and nanotechnology. They are simplified and useful for general readers. These are highlights of the book.
Overall nice book considering it covers relevant and practical topics which are going to affect us in coming years.
I would have liked to see chapter on how man is affecting ecological balance in place of chapter on mathematics; because that is where man is actually taking us- to ecological catastrophe.
I congratulate @atuljalan for very good nonfiction book and thank @penguinbooks for publishing it.
I hope for bright writing future for the author.
The Author tells us the diverse ways in which the data can be used for both good and bad for the people such as in biology, medications, politics etc. All these information the Author provides us is by quoting points from various journals and books. More like a literature review in a simple an understandable manner.
Further quantum physics, cryptocurrencies , Blockchain as a secure way of transaction, people being in their filter bubble , the magic of math, simulation and many more are explained. Most Important thing i liked is the concept of ME -MODEL by the Author where in he tells that our information should me combined and sold by us to the required people and we should earn out of it rather than the third party doing the same.
🔠 "Is DATA the next god?" . i guess,yes. For eg. our CEA K.V Subramanian while presenting the economic survey 2018-2019 have said that they are focusing on 'Data as a public good', how it can enhance the ease of living of people. It is
DATA OF THE PEOPLE , BY THE PEOPLE , FOR THE PEOPLE.
And all this is possible because the marginal cost of data have gone down and the marginal benefit of this is gone up significantly.That's why data can be visualized as the public good and government should be investing on that. .
. '✨Behind us, is Homo sapiens.
Before us, is a whole new species.
We are the transitional generation.
What a great place and time to be in!'
Grab on to this book and think about where will man take us?..✨