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Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World

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What Alvin Toffler's Future Shock was to the 20th century, Our Molecular Future will be to the 21st century.

What will happen to our jobs, health care, and investments when the molecular revolution hits?

How might artificial intelligence transform our lives?

How can molecular technologies help us cope with climate changes, earthquakes, and other extreme natural threats?

Our Molecular Future explores some intriguing possibilities that answer these questions and many others. Douglas Mulhall describes the exponential changes that are about to be wrought by the nanotechnology and robotic revolutions, which promise to reduce the scale of computing to the nanometerùa billionth of a meterùwhile increasing computing power to almost unimaginable levels.

The resulting convergence of genetics, robotics, and artificial intelligence may give us hitherto undreamed-of capacities to transform our environment and ourselves. In the not-so-distant future, our world may include machines that scour our arteries to prevent heart disease, cars and clothes that change color at our whim, exotic products built in our own desktop factories, and enhancements to our personal financial security despite greatly accelerated obsolescence.

But while technology is making these fantastic leaps, we may also encounter surprises that throw us into disarray: climate changes, earthquakes, or even a seemingly improbable asteroid collision. These extremes are not the nightmare scenarios of sensationalists, Mulhall stresses, nor are many of them human induced. Instead, they may be part of nature's cycleùrecurring more often than we've thought possible.

The good news is that this convergence of catastrophe and technological transformation may work to our advantage. If we're smart, according to Mulhall, we can use molecular machines to protect ourselves from nature's worst extremes, and harness their potential benefits to usher in an economic renaissance.

This visionary link between future technology and past disasters is a valuable guide for every one of us who wants to be prepared for the twenty-first century.

Book News Annotation:

Environmental and software consultant Mulhall speculates, in a somewhat scattershot manner, on the impact of certain advanced technologies on human society and its relationship with the natural world. A major theme running through the work is the dangers that natural disasters pose to humankind and the technological solutions that may mitigate those disasters.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Mulhall describes how nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, and artificial intelligence will transform the world by creating undreamed technologies. Machines that find disease, cars that change color, and more personal security are just some of these changes. Illustrations.

About the Author

Douglas Mulhall is a sustainable development specialist and technology journalist. He has managed scientific institutes that pioneered adaptive technologies such as water recycling and flood prevention, in collaboration with governments, research laboratories, and multinational companies He has written articles for professional journals, newspapers, and magazines, including the Futurist and Nanotechnology magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573929929
Author:
Mulhall, Douglas
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Robotics
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence
Subject:
Technological forecasting
Subject:
Nanotechnology
Subject:
Science and civilization
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Methodology
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 1023
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
350
Dimensions:
9.22x6.18x1.30 in. 1.56 lbs.

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