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Today’s entire human society is experiencing the earliest beginnings of an unfathomably rapid and expansively impactful information technology revolution, one which promises to have profound transformational effects upon lives and livelihoods of current and future generations.

Dystopian predictions warn that artificial intelligence and AI-enabled automation will have hazardously disruptive effects upon society – putting people out of work and adding to income inequality. Simultaneously, ubiquitous personal data mining, surveillance tracking, and social media censorship signal an ever-more ominous Orwellian trend.

Global populations, America included, are trading away more and more of their personal privacy for promises of increased technological convenience and security. This tradeoff gives credence to a “boiling frog” analogy where the doomed critter in a shallow pan of water placed over a flame complacently adjusts its body temperature until it is too late to jump out.

More optimistic prognosticators contend that just as all of the previous technical revolutions profoundly increased human productivity, wellbeing and lifespans, AI will make human society better. They point out that once again, while this revolution will eliminate some jobs, it will also create opportunities for new ones that will require and enable more people to think smarter.

AI, the Internet and social media are enabling people to work more effectively, offering more freedom to live and work where they prefer, providing instant and unbounded access to life and work-enhancing information, and connecting us from anywhere to everywhere else.

This book strives to be neither utopian nor apocalyptical. Nevertheless, there is always an unrealistic natural tendency to assume that tomorrow will resemble our positive and negative experiences today, only a little bit different—or maybe extremely so—instead of recognizing that we are in the middle of an unknowably disruptive change.

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Larry Bell

LARRY BELL is an endowed professor of Space Architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the Graduate Program in Space Architecture. Larry has authored more than 400 articles on diverse topics which have been posted in his weekly Forbes and Newsmax on-line columns, some of which have appeared in their hard-copy publications, along with two other books – Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom (2015), Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax (2012), Cosmic Musings (2016), and Thinking Whole (2018)

Larry’s professional aerospace work and interviews have been featured in numerous national and international media productions which include the History Channel, the Discovery Channel Modern Marvels series, NASA Select, and leading popular magazines and professional journals. His many awards include certificates of appreciation from NASA Headquarters for advanced design program achievements and two highest honors issued by Russia’s leading aerospace society for his contributions to advance international space development.”

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Today’s entire human society is experiencing the earliest beginnings of an unfathomably rapid and expansively impactful information technology revolution, one which promises to have profound transformational effects upon lives and livelihoods of current and future generations.

Dystopian predictions warn that artificial intelligence and AI-enabled automation will have hazardously disruptive effects upon society – putting people out of work and adding to income inequality. Simultaneously, ubiquitous personal data mining, surveillance tracking, and social media censorship signal an ever-more ominous Orwellian trend.

Global populations, America included, are trading away more and more of their personal privacy for promises of increased technological convenience and security. This tradeoff gives credence to a “boiling frog” analogy where the doomed critter in a shallow pan of water placed over a flame complacently adjusts its body temperature until it is too late to jump out.

More optimistic prognosticators contend that just as all of the previous technical revolutions profoundly increased human productivity, wellbeing and lifespans, AI will make human society better. They point out that once again, while this revolution will eliminate some jobs, it will also create opportunities for new ones that will require and enable more people to think smarter.

AI, the Internet and social media are enabling people to work more effectively, offering more freedom to live and work where they prefer, providing instant and unbounded access to life and work-enhancing information, and connecting us from anywhere to everywhere else.

This book strives to be neither utopian nor apocalyptical. Nevertheless, there is always an unrealistic natural tendency to assume that tomorrow will resemble our positive and negative experiences today, only a little bit different—or maybe extremely so—instead of recognizing that we are in the middle of an unknowably disruptive change.

Additional information

Format

Trade Paperback

ISBN

978-1-949267-14-3

Language

English

Pages

240

Publisher

Stairway Press

Release Date

1/8/2019

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