Much of the information out there about the future of technology and the future of society seems to deal with the way people are working together with technology to help in their daily lives. There is a new book by Ray Kurzweil, the famous futurist, that tries to answer questions that are important to the future of technology and society. It answers questions such as: How will we use the Internet?
Can we prevent some type of human extinction that is predicted in the future?
Will technology lead to war or peace?
Will our children be safe in the future? The book answers all these questions with a lot of detail.
One of the questions that I found the most interesting in the book was, “What will happen to all those people who do not have a computer at home in the future?” That is something that no one will be able to keep track of, because the internet will be so pervasive.
So, what will be the ultimate outcome of all this technology? The answer was that we will use it for good things, but also that we will use it for bad things.
I really enjoyed reading about the way that early humans used this technology. We did a lot of fishing with spears and fishing nets, just like the cavemen. Today, it is mostly through technology that we get from spears and nets to fishing fleets and commercial fishing grounds.
In the future, the next step is to have these technologies work for us instead of against us.
We need to make sure that we can live and have fun and be safe when using these technologies. Technology also needs to come with moral guidelines that we can follow, so that we know when it is appropriate to use it.
My favorite part of the book was the chapter on how technology could become available to protect us and the digital evidence. We will need things like digital DNA. It is digital DNA that will be sequenced and stored, so that it can be accessed by a paternity test or other research that needs to be done.
In the future, technology may actually replace the human genome to a large extent. It could turn out to be more useful than the entire human genome, because there will be much less redundancy, which makes it easier to work with.
Cybernetics will also become an important topic in the future. Will our bodies function better or worse due to the use of digital technology? We will see how technology advances, so that we can decide if we want to be more technologically advanced or keep to the traditional methods of healing and living.
This is a techno-dystopian book, but it was exciting and thought provoking. It really did stir up many questions that have been in my mind for years. I recommend this book for people who like to think deeply about how to make decisions about the future of technology and society.
- Reader, you will probably like this book and that is what really matters.
- It is still up to you whether you read it and make up your own mind.
- Or if you simply read it and are glad that you did.