The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future

The Meaning of the st Century A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future According to James Martin known as the guru of the Information Age humanity is at a crucial turning point If we succeed in finding ways to support massive gains in population combined with dizzying te

  • Title: The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future
  • Author: JamesMartin
  • ISBN: 9781594482595
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • According to James Martin known as the guru of the Information Age humanity is at a crucial turning point If we succeed in finding ways to support massive gains in population combined with dizzying technological progress, we have a magnificent future ahead of us If we fail, we may well be headed for a new Dark Ages In this provocative and prophetic book, Martin argueAccording to James Martin known as the guru of the Information Age humanity is at a crucial turning point If we succeed in finding ways to support massive gains in population combined with dizzying technological progress, we have a magnificent future ahead of us If we fail, we may well be headed for a new Dark Ages In this provocative and prophetic book, Martin argues that we can use our intelligence and technology to transform the world rather than destroy it Drawing on decades of experience as one of the world s most widely respected authorities on technology s impact on our lives, Martin outlines specific, achievable solutions for solving a wide array of problems, from repairing ocean ecosystems to lowering the birthrate to coping with advances in nanotechnology.

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    1. 2.3 starsThe book, at least the first half, mentions some important issues and problems the world of the 21st century is facing (or hiding from) or about to face, and is even edifying on some of these; and the author should have stopped there, after around 200 pages or so (even in this part there was too much reinforcement (repetition, reiteration, regurgitation, drilling down) of the subject matter to my liking).Then - around the second half - the author becomes this bright-eyed preacher, ideal [...]

    2. This book presents some very interesting ideas about the main challenges facing humankind in the 21st century and outlines some of the potential opportunities that could arise out of them. In particular, two focal points of change stand out: the "canyon" which represents the pressures of our many challenges pressing us into a single channel of crisis - and the singularity, where artificial intelligence grows beyond our ability to fully understand it. While it makes many fine points, three large [...]

    3. This book is very interesting: It tells you how the humanity has reached the point where it is right now; and it promises to list some hints to try to fix the mess we have created.This is the table of contents:The transition generationWhat got us into this mess?Rich kids and their trust fundsToo many peopleThe giant in the kitchenDestitute nationsClimate catastropheInvisible mayhemGenetically modified humans?NanodelugeAutomated evolutionThe transhuman conditionThe awesome meaning of this century [...]

    4. Lots of food for thought in this book, but it is weakened by becoming incredibly woolly and repetitive in its later sections. Could be a lot shorter whilst getting across the same urgent message that we need to think sensitively about the future of the planet.

    5. Things I liked:1. Presents current environmental and social problems conscisely and comprehensively.2. Includes quotes from original interviews with a variety of well-known scientists and political figures.3. Overall, provides an optimistic outlook on a subject that is nine tenths doom and gloom.Things I didn't like:1.Page count to information ratio was lower than a casual skimming originally suggested due to an excessive amount of repetition and unrelated information about speculative technolog [...]

    6. This book describes the problems that human-kind will face towards the end of the century. The future for us represented as 'heading towards a canyon'. Overpopulation, resource shortage, complex technological threats paint a grim reality. The author has a tendency to repeat himself, ideas and topics could have been more concise. Despite the rather unorganised approach, I found there to be many interesting scientific topics covered. The solutions to tackle the World's problems seem rather unreali [...]

    7. Interesting in that he states the issues facing the human species in the 21st century; less so in that he can propose only hypothetical solutions, since clearly until we change our ways we are doomed. It is morally unacceptable for half of the world to live like kings and the other half like paupers. This needs to change. Clearly we have to address out relationship with the planet, our environment, before it is too late.These things are self evident. Can we address and resolve them? Not convince [...]

    8. Just started this - but the author is someone I know and respect from the field of computer science. Never knew he went into futurist politics, but it makes sense he'd try to save the world after grokking it deeply. He started the "James Martin 21st Century School" at Oxford to get people thinking about the big, long-term challenges we face. Very clear writing that inter-relates the major themes of our day. Promises to be a nail-biter - I'll update again when I've finished the first chapter!

    9. Anyone new to the ideas of the Singularity and Transhumanism will find this book a good place to start. James Martin does a workmanlike job putting the challenges of the 21C into perspective. The books title is a little pretentious; better something simple like "Wake Up before it's too late" works for me. Probably could have delivered the same message with about 1/3 less words. Still - read this book!

    10. There's a lot of vital stuff in here that everyone should read, particularly policymakers and concerned citizens. Basic message: listen to the scientists. That's such simple advice, but so rarely heeded in the political power struggles that make up our supposed leadership today. Martin can be repetitive, and you obviously won't enjoy this book like you would with fiction or narrative nonfiction-- but I wish this book could help pull some heads out of asses.

    11. I think it is time to re-read the book, now we are a decade into the 21st century and do a check of what we - collectively as the world population- should have done, but have not yet done despite all excuses such as the global financial and economic crisis, political instabiliy and change in parts of the world etc. This blueprint remains as "vital" as it was when published and I think it is very important to read it and act upon it!

    12. This book is like a 'be it all, end all' sorts of book. It gives you hope, yet strip and shred it all away right after it. It's like a tug of war game. A race between progress and backwardness. How technology here exists to complement our living, yet we strive to utilise it to propel our greed. Ultimately, this James Martin's piece is an absolutely brilliantly scary read. Don't listen to the voices in your head, listen to your scientists.

    13. Lo mejor que tiene este libro es posiblemente su índice. Este autor ofrece un panorama de los problemas sociales, éticos, técnicos y ecológicos del futuro próximo. Esta visión general es un buen complemento de la letra pequeña y generalmente insustancial de la prensa escrita y los medios. Lo peor de este libro es la indisimuladable visión conservadora y proestadounidense de su autor. De todos modos es una iniciativa elogiable, y una muy estimulante y clara exposición de ideas.

    14. I would highly recommend this book to nearly anyone who has an interest in the unbelievable future this planet may or may not have, depending on our actions today as a whole.The book could have been better structured; Martin tends to dwell on certain subjects throughout the book, and he could have tied it all together betterm in my opinion. But I still highly recommend this book.

    15. A really great introduction to the crisis that we face as a species as we enter the 21st century. Martin pulls no punches and can be a little repetitive but that's no bad things on a subject as important as this. I would strongly recommend people to read this book if they want there eyes opened as to what's in store.

    16. I found this book very interesting, very intelligently written, well researched, and importantly, easy to read. There are some very big issues contained in these pages, but actually it made me feel quite optimistic about the future rather than the standard pessimistic view of the future. Perhaps that just shows my naïveté, but it's still a great book

    17. An interesting book provide a stark view of the environmental degradation we are causing to our planet and ways we can mitigate the effects, as well as some cool predictions on the future of technology. Martin is not the strongest writer of prose, though, so the book often felt stiff and lacking good narrative. Still, worth the read.

    18. Martin doesn't so much seek to tell the reader what the meaning of this century is, merely that we are at a pinchpoint or delta in human development, from which we can either spiral towards destruction or begin our journey towards a safer, brighter future based on education, renewable technologies and sensibly curbing our wants and destructive ways .

    19. Great summary, great man. Boring prose, but when you're reading a book about the issues of the coming century, you'd have to be an incredibly meager person to ignore the content because of stylistic shortcomings.

    20. An excellent and compelling book about the threats facing us and the promise of a generation. Gives glimpses of what the century might look like, a very thought provoking read and call to action for our generation.

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