Title: Where will man take us?
Author: Atul Jalan
Publisher: Penguin India
Page Count: 272
Published: April, 2019
The first person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born.
The screen that we peer into will soon be within us. We could soon be taking happiness pills before breakfast.
The perfect partner might need to be charged before bed.
This is a new world we are walking into. And the man who began this journey won’t be the man who ends this journey. Where Will Man Take Us? explores the changes technology is bringing about in us-as a society and as a species. What will the next generation turn into, what will it be like, how will the new Adam and Eve live and love?
In this book, Atul Jalan tackles nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and genetics, seamlessly weaving the future of technology with the changing dynamics of human love, morality and ethics.
Few years ago, Artificial intelligence (AI) was an alien intelligence to us, but now it is a part of our lives. We are surrounded by AI, whether that’s our smartphones, computers or even machines used in factories. On one hand AI has made our lives easier and on the other, it has increased unemployment and lowered our capacity to think. The author, in this book, has explained both the positive and negative aspects of AI, by making use of many references such as other Books, scientific theories, and even took examples of TV shows such as “Game of Throne” to compare the digital world with the non-digital one.
The book is divided into four sections and each one has 4-5 topics and subtopics, and it’s easier to find a particular topic in the book. This book is a heaven for technology lovers. It has shown the tech world from every aspect and how it affects our society, education, relationships and personal experiences.
Now let me talk about my favourite part of this book, that is, Quantum mechanics, which we have heard only in Marvel Comics. This book has explained this topic quite well. The other topic which I liked reading about is “Genetics: The story of our lives“. And whenever we talk about this topic, we cannot forget the works of Gregor Johann Mendel, the first scientist who linked biology to mathematics and was criticized for his work at that time. He continued with his experiments and later was able to link Biology to other disciplines of science and made a foundation for Atomic Science (Biology plus physics) and Biochemistry (Biology plus chemistry). Being a Biology student, I really enjoyed reading this topic.
There are some quotes as well, and my favourite quote from the book is:
New technologies are creating a new man.
And this new man is creating a new society.
Everything about us and around us is changing.
There was a topic at the end of the book, named Transhumanism, which is a theory that says human race may evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, by means of science and technology. This topic was quite interesting, too.
If you’re a tech lover or you have doubts regarding science and technology, this book is a must read for you. Although, some contents are quite boring to read about, and you will definitely not like this book if you are not much into science and stuff.
The author has also given the bibliography at the end, which has various links so that you can read about a particular topic in more details.
About the Author:
Atul Jalan, forever on the lookout for the next exciting idea and the next exciting thing to do, is an entrepreneur who is always on the move.
A childhood interest in technology transformed into a lasting love-life-technology intersections-through which he now explores how the technology man built is transforming him and the institutions he has created. What interests him the most about this merging of biology with technology is the fact that there is no end to it.
There is always something new, something exciting, something surprising around the corner. When not peeking at how technology impacts life next door, Jalan likes to travel-preferably on the bicycle he’s built himself with the aid of a few tech tools he is testing.
A science storyteller and futurist, Jalan is the founder-CEO of a pioneering AI venture, Manthan, by day. It is his fourth successful venture as an entrepreneur, and there is no knowing where he might take us next.
For more about him, visit https://atuljalan.com/.
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