Ayesha & Parag Khanna are Co-Directors of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on human-technology coevolution, geotechnology, and innovation. Ayesha also directs the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics and is a faculty advisor of Singularity University. Parag is also a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Visiting Fellow of LSE IDEAS. Their previous books include Straight Through Processing for Financial Services by Ayesha Khanna and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance by Parag Khanna.
Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilizationby Parag Khanna
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Technology futurists Ayesha and Parag Khanna (whom Esquire magazine calls one of the 75 people who will influence the 21st century) declare that we are rapidly moving from a point of co-existence with technology to a phase of co-evolution with it. In the Hybrid Age, technology is ubiquitous (with trillions of sensors coating our environment), intelligent (devices communicating with each other as well as with us), and social (encouraging us to develop emotional relationships with it). Technology no longer just processes our instruction; it has its own agency, and we respond to it as much as it responds to us. What this means for societies and individuals, as well as communities and nations, is truly world changing. How will we respond and adapt?
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