I think This book is for those who are curious about technology want to explore something in technology. There are 5 section in this book and each section is divided into several chapters. I have completed section 1 and i find impressive reading it and if you LOVE technology i think this book is for U .
"Where Will Man Take Us" is an exceptionally well written book that deals with an area which is at the intersection of technology and its impact on the present and future of human beings. As an avid reader of science fiction, I find the spread of topics and thoughts the author touches, truly wide ranging and thought provoking. As I read through the book, I felt as if the author was co-journeying along with me into a world that can be realistic, tantalizing and a bit scary. There is a slow burn of mind that is associated with all good reading and the bibliography of references at the end of the book opens up huge possibilities for further good reading.
I do not think there is anything yet from India like this. Overall, a reading experiencing worth cherishing !!
Just read my copy of ‘Where will man take us’ by Atul Jalan.
We love interpreting trends, looking at the changes that are happening around us to figure the flow of the world, life and our selves. The past and present offer clues, in subjects ranging from philosophy and spirituality to science and culture.
Reading this book, I realise I have never seen a convergence of facts and ideas, until now, from a wide range of domains in an attempt to uncover the trends that we often miss when we’re busy in our daily lives.
This book took my outlook to a whole new level, with topics ranging from artificial intelligence to quantum physics, genetics and nanotechnology being woven together into a contemporary and compelling narrative on the trajectory of human evolution.
Atul Jalan’s book is a must read for any perceptive mind willing take a pause and look at life-technology intersections that are going to change how you see our society, our relationships, our jobs and money, our fast evolving non-biological selves, and quite possibly our approach to parenting the next generation.
One thing this book surely opened for me, is how I perceive the beauty of math and data all around me!
Are you a technology lover? Do you catch yourself daydreaming sometimes imagining the future? Suspend all your acquired knowledge for a few hours and go on a journey with the author who takes you on a rocket ship that jumps in and out of wormholes to connect philosophy, quantum physics, genetics, math, nano-technology, Ai and the deepest unanswered mystery of our time: consciousness. You might begin to get dizzy in places as you grapple with “conceptual overload” - but hold on, the author knows when to throw in his unique sense of humour and interesting stories to keep the pace of the book going. I’d gift this book to all young minds who are passionate about technology and are dreaming of reinventing humankind. A tour de force in human imagination and where technology can and will take us. The author infuses the book with his optimism for technology with a grounding in philosophy - ancient and modern.
When the tagline promised that it was going to be bold, I never imagined this bold! The book brings together multiple technology disruptors and trends - that have more or less taken a complete hold on our society today - so logically and beautifully, that one becomes convinced humankind is exactly headed as per Mr. Jalan's suggestions, however bizarre some of them may sound. And believe me, there are some bizarre outcomes suggested...!
I was hooked right from the very first line, where we are introduced to the fish that dares to walk out of the sea and we are told - let's call her ‘Wanda’! How witty is that? And this book is full of it, witty narration, interesting anecdotes, and various digs and takes at our society's ways. Brilliant!
And so inspiring...I actually read out some of the sections to my 11-year old son, and he absolutely loved it and has started reading it, with parental guidance of course. He is into Greek and Norse mythology these days, and he has also read A Wrinkle in Time – generally enjoys reading and I insist that he must read variety. I do hope this book will initiate him into that wondrous world of science literature - both fiction and non-fiction...
There was just one typo I noticed – Page 37 – related to the size of HEC-2M – the book mentions the dimensions as 10”x7”x6”, instead of 10’x7’x6’ - I know this since I looked it up! In fact, that’s something I have been doing with this book – every line inspires me to look up more about it and understand more. Mr. Jalan gives enough references and an 8-page long bibliography - a truly enviable collection.
I will recommend this book to anyone who is affected by technology, which is everyone.
This book is a tour de force highlighting the compelling and engaging intersection - of Science, Technology, and Life. It encapsulates all the leading contemporary scientific theories (and the Sci-Fi inspirations that are behind them) in a lucid and comprehensible voice. Though I have a preference for reading fiction this is one nonfiction book which can be classified, literally, as a page-turner. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the exponential growth of technology and the pace that it has set for human life, this book will give you the right perspective to evaluate and analyze exactly where you are headed, or what awaits the next generation. If you read only one book a year, make sure it is this one!
Written in extremely lucid language and in a conversational tone, the book is an engrossing read. I enjoyed the detailed explanations along with the bibliography which has opened a floodgate of relevant reading material for me. For someone like me who is extremely curious about the future of technology, not the forget the huge cons that are staring at us like data privacy and ethics, this book was a true eye-opener.
However, for me the most favourite part of the book was the story of Wanda in the prologue. In many ways it sets the tone for the book and what can you expect from it. To be honest, I was skeptical if this book would end up being heavy on information and low on the understanding ability of a reader. And I was glad, it maintained a perfect balance between the topics discussed and the ease of understanding. It can be easily enjoyed even by a layman who is curious about technology and its growth.
I would recommend this book, strongly, to all technology lovers and curious cats like me who are keen to know what the future holds for us. This one-of-a-kind read is like a Pandora's box, you can open out of curiosity and it continues to enthrall you till the last page or perhaps even after that with the amount of information &/ secrets it holds within.