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Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species

Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species

by Peter Nowak
Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species

Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species

by Peter Nowak


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Life for early humans wasn’t easy. They may have been able to walk on two feet and create tools 4 million years ago, but they couldn’t remember or communicate. Fortunately, people got smarter, and things got better. They remembered on-the-spot solutions and shared the valuable information of their experiences. Clubs became swords, caves became huts, and fires became ovens. Collectively these new tools became technology. As the 21st century unfolds, the pace of innovation is accelerating exponentially. Breakthroughs from robotics to genetics appear almost on a daily basis. It’s all happening so quickly that it’s hard to keep track—but recently there’s been a shift. We used to create technology to change the world around us; now we’re using it to change ourselves. With vaccinations, in-vitro fertilization, and individual genetic therapy, we’re entering a new epoch, a next step, faster and more dramatic than the shift from Australopithicines to Homo Sapiens. The technology that set us apart from our earliest selves is becoming part of the evolutionary process. Advancements in computing, robotics, nanotechnology, neurology, and genetics mean that our wildest imaginings could soon become commonplace. Peter Nowak deftly presents the potential outcomes—both exciting and frightening—of key, rapidly advancing technologies and adroitly explores both the ramifications of adopting them and what doing so will reveal about the future of our species. We’ve come a long way in 4 million years. Welcome to Human 3.0.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493016211
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 224
File size: 992 KB

About the Author

Peter Nowak is the author of Sex, Bombs, and Burgers, and his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, New Scientist magazine, and elsewhere. He won the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Award for excellence in reporting, and the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand named him technology journalist of the year. He lives in Toronto with his wife.

Table of Contents

1 Evolution: Of Rice and Men 1

2 Economics: Widgets Are Like the Avengers 21

3 Health: The Unbearable Vampireness of Being 39

4 Jobs: A Million Little Googles 56

5 Arts: Long Live the Dead Buffalo 74

6 Relationships: Superficial Degrees of Kevin Bacon 97

7 Identity: God Is the Machine 121

8 Belief: Are One-Eyed Cylons Myopic? 139

9 Happiness: It's Always Sunny in Costa Rica 155

10 Conclusion: Marx Was Right (Sort Of) 178

Acknowledgments 195

Notes 196

Index 207

About the Author 216

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