Technology is advancing faster than ever - but for better or for worse? On the one hand, astonishing technological developments from personalized genomics to self-driving cars to drones to artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. On the other hand, these very same technologies could raise the specter of a frightening and alienating future - eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and an ever-worsening spiral of economic inequality. How can we make appropriate decisions about whether and how to adopt new technologies? Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever propose that we ask three questions:
Does the technology have the potential to benefit everyone equally?
What are the risks and the rewards?
Does the technology more strongly promote autonomy or independence?
They subject a host of new and potential technologies to these questions, but ultimately it is up to the listener to make the final decision.
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Great read of emerging directions.
Not just trends, but tying them together, and the look at them from multiple facets (ethics, relation to other trends, impact to different classes, our possible reactions, which are started now, and much more).
For me the most memorable piece was scattered throughout... the assessment of the TRANSITION from now (when everyone is expected to have a job) to later (when many will not have the traditional form of a job). This is an inescapable and difficult time. I spent time processing some helpful thoughts from Vivek around this in particular.
She was very clear and easy to understand. I could absorb the material quickly.
The future is great; The transition is unprecedented upheaval.
The authors gave a lot of food for thought. We need to reassess some of our most deeply held beliefs, norms, and social expectations.
- Mark W Rice
A must read to understand our changing world.
- Paul J. Prusa