Virtual reality, space tourism and robotic assistants - quite recently, this could only be found in the works of science fiction writers, and now it is a familiar reality. The modern world is rapidly changing and developing, what will happen to us tomorrow? We've partnered with MyBook, the world's largest book subscription service, to put together a selection of books that are truly noteworthy.
Technology Against Humanity, Gerd Leonhard
Gerd Leonhard is ranked among the Top 100 Influencers in Europe by Wired Magazine. The management of such corporations as IBM, Walmart, Microsoft and others listens to his forecasts. If you want to know what the most powerful bosses of the planet take into account when making plans, get down to reading Technology Against Human.
In his book, the famous futurist tells how technology has already changed our world and our psychology - and this is just the beginning. The scientist ponders how far technological progress can go, what will disappear from our lives forever, and what will become completely ordinary. The author also raises the question of the need to create a commission on digital ethics, which would solve global problems and prevent disasters. The writer backs up his predictions and reflections with many facts and studies, and you will be able to evaluate the accuracy of his predictions very soon.
Quote: “Think about what has become a part of everyday life: affordable digital services allow us to outsource our thinking, decisions and memories to ever-cheaper mobile devices and their cloud storage.”
21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
We live in an amazing time: technologies have erased distances, medicine has almost discovered a recipe for immortality, and anyone who has the amount necessary for a "ticket" can fly into space. But at the same time, the problem of hunger has not been solved, scientists talk about an environmental disaster, and sometimes even those who announce this news cannot distinguish real news from fake news.
Yuval Harari, a historian from Israel and one of the most interesting and discussed thinkers of our time, is trying to figure out how to live in the present, taking into account all the difficulties that surround us. His third book, translated into Russian, consists of 21 chapters, each of which is devoted to one of the problems of today. Unemployment, robots, the Internet, emigrants, religion are just a few of the topics the author ponders on. He talks in great detail about the causes of what is happening on the planet and gives predictions of what awaits us in the near future.
Quote: “People don't think in facts, numbers or equations, but in stories. And the simpler the story, the better."
“Megatech. Technologies and Society in 2050 in the Forecasts of Scientists and Writers ", to the collective of authors
How old will you be in 2050? What will you be and what will the world around you be like? Do you think teleportation, vacation on Mars and eternal youth will become commonplace, or maybe humanity will not change much and progress will be visible only on the next fancy smartphone model? If you love to fantasize about the future, then this book, compiled by The Economist editor Daniel Franklin, from the predictions made by the world's leading scientists, Nobel laureates and writers, will be yours. You will be able to get acquainted with different points of view on the future of technology, social and political structure of society and much more. There will not be long scientific calculations and justifications - everything is laconic, interesting and very topical.
Quote: “The threat of machines taking over humanity is nothing more than a figment of the imagination. But the risk associated with the misuse of machines is real.”
Stephen Hawking's 8 Prophecies, Igor Prokopenko
Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, writer and recipient of many scientific awards. Because of a serious illness, he spent 50 years in a wheelchair, but at the same time became the author of many scientific theories and discoveries, and his predictions about the fate of our planet, sometimes more like excerpts from science fiction novels, are already beginning to come true.
The famous Russian journalist and writer Igor Prokopenko, on the pages of his book, analyzes the 8 most important forecasts of the famous professor. The author analyzes Hawking's hypotheses about global cooling, time travel, life on other planets, the end of the world, an alien invasion, etc. The journalist relies on the work and statements of the British scientist, cites data from various scientific studies and invites the reader to reflect with him on the plausibility of Stephen Hawking's scenarios and how soon we can see their implementation in reality.
Quote: “If an alien from another planet extends his left hand to you, do not shake it. It can be composed of antimatter. Both of you will disappear in a monstrous flash of light."
"The Future of Mind" by Michio Kaku
Mind and the Universe are the two biggest secrets of the universe. And in the entire history of existence, people most of all wanted to understand their structure and completely subjugate them. Mankind has been able and learned a lot, but it has failed to study the mind and the Universe 100%.
American theoretical physicist Michio Kaku admits that all his life he wanted to understand the fundamental laws of nature and imagine how the life of people will change in the future under the influence of science. He devoted most of his life to popularizing physics. In his book, the professor clearly and fascinatingly reflects on our future. Based on the latest research in the field of neurobiology and physics, the scientist tells how our psyche and ourselves will change under the influence of technological progress and discoveries that scientists are about to make.
Quote: "If our brains were simple enough to understand, we wouldn't be smart enough to understand."