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.
The book is just not like the usual book that we have come across. A sneak peeks into the past and the future where technology would be taking us is the central theme the book is set. The author’s attempt to make us foresee the future is just brilliant. The book just gives you a refresher course of how technology has grown rapidly and invaded human lives. The book is definitely not a quick read, needs a lot of deep diving if you intend to go in sync with the author.
The author clearly makes us understand that we cannot live in this world without technology. Not even for a shorter period of time, we are gadget-free. This is due to more dependence and also social pressure. The book is divided into five sections
1.the drivers of change
2. the new society.
3. the magic of maths
4. end of history
5. the new man
From Artificial Intelligence to Quantum computing the books has anything and everything you need to know about technology. The book gives you the deeply engrossed feel that would want you to dig more by looking into google. That is majorly the reason why I mentioned the book is not a quick read.
I loved “the filter bubble: Many more of me” wherein the author talks about how we humans love to live with like-minded people which slows down our way of thinking. This is discussed in the second part of the book.
As the chapters progress, we come to know how addictive we are to technology. The author relates a few examples from real life which help us understand how we use technology to create, save and destroy life. The book title is rightly set because it is we the humans who are driving the technology not knowing where we are being taken. With the technological power in hand, we can create so that we progress or also destroy. This is definitely possible with the current scenario we live in.
The book is a complete treasure trove of facts which clearly show the efforts the author has taken to research and put forward.
The book is a must-read as it helps you understand the world you live in and makes you think before you make your future choices. The writing style is simple yet that is enough to keep you intrigued.
The cover design is bright and beautiful with drones. This would be a book that I will definitely refer in the future and makes me understand concepts in a different way. I am definitely having a new perspective on technology after reading the book.
Writing and Presentation:4.5/5
· Paperback: 272 pages
· Publisher: Penguin Portfolio; 1 edition (13 April 2019)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0143446932
· ISBN-13: 978-0143446934
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/.
Thank you #teamysecretbookshelf for recommending.
Thank you #teamysecretbookshelf for recommending.
10 Replies to “Review of where will man take us”
This is a good read having various altitudes for the reader. I see AI, psychological analysis on the search of like-mindedness and technology as addiction. Adding right away to TBR
Seems to be an exciting book that I must read. Thanks for the honest review:)
That seems like such an interesting book. I must pick it up.
Well reviewed, this book is all about tech-savvy people and I can gift this to hubby. He’s a lot into IT and technology.
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It seems to be an interesting read, will gonna try to read this one.
From the review, I can feel that this book is definitely not a quick read. It demands time, understanding and realization of the areas discussed.
That’s one genre I always prefer over others. I am definitely getting this book to read.
Sounds like an interesting and thought provoking book. The impact of technology on our lives and the changes it has already brought in how we spend our time is immense. Where this will lead us is an interesting idea to think upon.
It was the cover that brought me to this review and what a wonderful book this sounds – a mix of sci-fi and reality. Bookmarking!
Looks like a very unique book, but enough food for thought. I am generally vary of sci-fi, but i guess with two kids growing up now I will have to take on this genre heads on.