Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization

Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization

by John Browne


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An impassioned defense of progress and innovation—and an argument for social responsibility from engineer, businessman, and former CEO of BP Lord John Browne.

Today's unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Has social media robbed us of our privacy and fed us with falseinformation? Are the decisions about our health, security and finances made by computer programs inexplicable and biased? Will these algorithms become so complex that we can nolonger control them? Are robots going to take our jobs? Will better health care lead to an aging population which cannot be cared for? Can we provide housing for our ever-growing urbanpopulations? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth's climate to the edge of catastrophe?

John Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilization is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge tomake things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with many of today's greatinnovators, he uncovers the basis for all progress and its consequences, both good and bad. He argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used tocounter its negative consequences.Make, Think, Imagineprovides an eloquent blueprint for how we can keep moving towards a brighter future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643132129
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 117,941
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

John Brownetrained as anengineer, was CEO of BP from 1995 to 2007, and remains an influentialleader in the energy business. Heis chairman of the Crick Institute,a fellow of the Royal Society and the US Academy of Arts andSciences, former president of theRoyal Academy of Engineering andformer chairman of Tate. He is a collector of antique books and the author of fourprevious titles, includingThe GlassCloset: Why Coming Out is Good Businessand Seven Elements that Changed the World, also available fromPegasus Books. John livesin London.

Table of Contents

1 Progress 1

2 Make 11

3 Think 41

4 Connect 79

5 Build 115

6 Energise 145

7 Move 181

8 Defend 217

9 Survive 245

10 Imagine 277

Acknowledgements 307

Biographies of Interviewees 309

List of Figures 321

Notes 331

Index 389

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