Future Rising: A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow (Future of Humanity, Social Aspects of Technology)

Future Rising: A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow (Future of Humanity, Social Aspects of Technology)


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A Compelling Vision of the Future

Human beings can—and do—change the future. Over the course of the past 14 billion years, humanity has gained the ability not only to imagine the future, but to design and engineer it. At times entertaining and at others profound, Future Rising by Dr. Andrew Maynard, professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, provides a highly original perspective on our relationship with the future.

We have a responsibility to change the future for the better. As a species, we have become profoundly talented architects of our own future. And yet, we so often struggle to come to terms with what this means and the responsibility that comes with this ability. As our world is driven along by the breakneck speed of innovation and rapidly-shifting norms and expectations, we sometimes need to find a still, quiet place to pause and think. Future Rising sets out to create such a quiet place, where we can take advantage of our species' knowledge of the environment, world history, and the importance of science to piece together a positive picture of the future.

To create a good future, rediscover the past. Our relationship with the future is inextricably intertwined with where we've come from, who we are, and what we aspire to. Written to be easy to pick up and hard to put down, Future Rising starts at the beginning of all things with the Big Bang and traces a pathway along the emergence of intelligent life, through what makes humans uniquely capable of imagining and creating different futures, to the profound responsibilities that this comes with.

In a series of sixty short reflections, Future Rising will take you on an often-startling journey into:

  • What "the future" actually is
  • How it molds and guides our lives
  • How we can use the history of the world to change our future

If you enjoy nonfiction science and history books like Homo Deus, Sapiens, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, then you'll love Future Rising.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642502633
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Series: Analyzing the Future Series
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 506,874
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrew Maynard, a former physicist, is a leading expert in the responsible development of emerging and converging technologies. Over the past twenty years, he has worked closely with experts from around the world on the challenges and opportunities presented by various technologies, ranging from nanotechnology and synthetic biology to artificial intelligence.

In addition to his impressive list of academic publications, Andrew writes for media platforms such as The Conversation, maintains a blog on technology and society called 2020 Science, produces the YouTube channel Risk Bites, and is active on Twitter @2020science. Andrew also regularly appears on radio and is a sought-out speaker on emerging and converging technologies.

Andrew is currently a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and Director of the ASU Risk Innovation Lab. He is a leading expert on the risks and benefits of nanotechnology, and he has testified before congressional committees and served on National Academy of Sciences committees. He is actively involved with the World Economic Forum and previously chaired the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies. Andrew has a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Cady Coleman is a scientist, wife, mother, pilot, musician, retired NASA Astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and a six-month trip aboard the International Space Station (ISS)

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"Maynard has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking response to the moment we’re in, chronicling how we got here, where we’re going, and what role we have in that journey forward. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Maynard explores topics ranging from art and creativity to memory, intelligence and potential threats ahead in a series of short essays. This book could easily be enjoyed in short bursts, but more likely, readers won’t be able to put it down once they start." Ramona Pringle, Director of Creative Innovation Studio and Associate Professor, Ryerson University

"A deeply researched book that will make you question the morality of technology, and how science has shaped the world today. Maynard’s incisive take on cutting edge problems make this a rewarding experience for anyone questioning what the future will look like". Zara Stone, journalist and author of The Future of Science is Female.

"Humans have a unique ability to create technologies that profoundly impact our bodies and environment. As the power technology affords us grows, it’s important to understand how we got to this point, and our responsibilities to the future. Andrew Maynard, a tech geek with a big heart, takes you on a journey from the big bang to the present. He implores the reader to understand our relationship to technology and plan ahead so that when the future rises to meet us we are prepared to make it a future of which we can be proud. "Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, co-author of Soonish

"Taking the reader on a journey through time, space, and the human experience, Future Rising makes you think about our responsibility to the future of our species and our planet in a refreshing way without a complete ‛doom and gloom’ lens that so many futurism tales can take."Dr. Tanya Harrison, co-author of For All Humankind

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