‘Radical Evolution’. By JOEL GARREAU JULY 3, . The people you will meet in Radical Evolution are testing these fundamental. Taking us behind the scenes with today’s foremost researchers and pioneers, bestselling author Joel Garreau shows that we are at a turning point. Radical Evolution has ratings and 52 reviews. It’s by Joel Garreau, a Washington Post writer who wrote two books I enjoyed immensely: The Nine Nations.
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I thought that the 80’s was fast and furious with the internet coming of age. And his incessant use of random quotes from random people whom he only mentions once in the entire book We’ll only become semi-godlike, there will be some problems along the way, but we’ll rise to the occasion and muddle through. The result is as insubstantial as a local TV news story: The final stories were interesting and at the same time scary. Your request has been submitted.
Information power has been Jul 28, Shelley rated it really liked it. Dec 10, Wesley Fox rated it it was amazing Shelves: But this is rzdical just the way science journalism is doneand Garreau is later courageous in half-endorsing the transcendent transhuman rationale of beautiful bioprogressive Bostrom.
evolutionn Over the next fifteen years, Garreau makes clear, these enhancements will become part of our everyday lives. It offers on one end extreme hope and on the other extreme despair.
Read it Forward Read it first. As he says, he focuses on how technology changes people and how we live with one another rather than focusing on ggarreau mechanisms of the technology itself.
I love the cover of the book. Evolutkon 15, Mark rated it liked it Shelves: How will we deal with these tremendous changes? Radical Evolution reveals that the radiical of our comic-book superheroes already exist, or are in development in hospitals, labs, and research facilities around the country—from the revved-up reflexes and speed of Spider-Man and Superman, to the enhanced mental acuity and memory capabilities of an advanced species.
What It Means to Be Human.
Through advances in genetic, robotic, information, and nanotechnologies, we are altering our minds, our memories, our metabolisms, our personalities, our progeny—and perhaps our very souls. Garreau walks us through some of the human-enhancing technology already in existence or just around the corner, then lays out the competing views of some philosophers, engineers and scientists who think it’s going to either save us, destroy us all, or force us to adapt in new and interesting ways.
A few of his interviewees make some very interesting points, and there’s certainly some fascinating stuff here, but really I can’t escape the feeling that this could have been edited down to a good feature-length magazine piece. Eric Green talked about the state of human genome research and the changes it was bringing to medical treatment in the U.
All the optimistic predictions about increased lifespan, increased intelligence, and increased wealth come true, and soon.
He has done extensive research in compiling his information and he has written it in such a way th I read this in conjunction with Huxley’s, Brave New World and Orwell’s,and Anderson’s, Feed. Account Options Sign in. Taking us behind the scenes with today’s foremost researchers and pioneers, Garreau reveals that the super powers of our comic-book heroes already exist, or are in development in hospitals, labs, and research facilities around the country — from the revved up reflexes and speed of Spider-Man and Superman, to the enhanced mental acuity and memory capabilities of an advance Taking us behind the scenes with today’s foremost researchers and pioneers, Garreau reveals that the super powers of our comic-book heroes already exist, or are in development in hospitals, labs, and research facilities around the country — from the revved up reflexes and speed of Spider-Man and Superman, to the enhanced mental acuity and memory capabilities of an advanced species.
While not written by a scientist, there were plenty of scientific facts, and while not written by a philosopher, there was plenty to “chew on” for a long time to come or not long enough if some of the predictions are accurate.
I was very happy to read this book. This leads to all sorts of crazy predictions that may not, in fact, be that weird, from Ray Kurzweil’s visions of a utopia in which man melds with machine to the nightmare scenarios of just about every sci fi novel or movie ever made in which technology run amok tries to kill us all, or a small elite of bad people use it to oppress the miserable masses.
Now, Joel Garreau is not a scientist, and one could probably argue that it’s better to chase down some of the more technical works evilution the extremely useful “Recommended Reading” section of Radical Evolution rather than depend on the author’s ability to explain topics in which he has no personal expertise.
In Radical Evolution he tackles the potentially world-changing Radical Evolution is a look at how rapid and fundamental advances in technology could produce enormous changes in human life and even in what we define as “human” in a relatively short time. Radical Evolution is a look at how rapid and fundamental advances in technology could produce enormous changes in human life and even in what we define as gaereau in a relatively short time.
Framed more as an extensive magazine article than a scientific text, Garreau radkcal the upcoming world of technology and its possible outcomes.
If the brightest minds of our world are actively and admittedly trying to accomplish this, perhaps it is too late, at least for them. Garreau gives loads of stage time to two dogmatic cranks from each side: If you are looking for something to challenge yourself, this is a good one to pick up.
He starts with two considerations — that we are starting to have significant capabilities to alter ourselves and that it is possible that radical change can happen surprisingly quickly the Singularity.
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With the help and insights of the gifted thinkers and scientists who are making what has previously been thought of as science fiction a reality, Garreau explores how these developments, in our lifetime, will affect everything from the way we date to the way we work, from how we think and act to how we fall rasical love.
Garreau writes that the increasing rate at which scientists are identifying genome components could result in longer lifespans for humans, less disease, and stronger bodies, among other breakthroughs. Any one of those four fields has the potential to change the world, and the four of them have synergistic effects on each other, so that advances in one can spawn other advances in the others, which create still more advances, and so on in a process of asymptotic technological change Garreau calls “The Curve.
Thought provoking, and perspective building.
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Like all of Garreau’s books, written a bit breezily but contains solid, thought-provoking material. But he maintains a journalistic neutrality in presenting alternative viewpoints, which makes this book great food for thought and a starting point for discussion of what we want our future to look like.
Other editions – View all Radical Evolution: The speculative nature of the book can seem a bit grating at points because the author seems to be laying on the “Gee-Willikers” ef Joel Garreau examines three different ideological bents in the transhuman or posthuman worldview.
Jun 17, Caroline rated it liked it Shelves: It is a book about evolurion our world is becoming today, not fifty years out. For instance, it seems particularly significant to me that most of the development of the innovative technologies he discusses is being driven by the military, DARPA more specifically. Joel Garreau No preview rxdical – Later chapters are similar to dialogues, covering Garreau’s conversations with famous scientists, inventors, and thinkers.
A little outdated at this point in terms of examples but nothing that seems so out gwrreau the ordinary. Feb 13, Samira Gatreau rated it really liked it Shelves: I found I was constantly thinking that what he was telling me was already happening.
In Radical Evolution, bestselling author Joel Garreau, a reporter and editor for the Washington Post, shows us that we are at an inflection point in history. My friend Vicky recommended this book and I put it off because I thought it would be dry and arduous. He explains Moore’s Law well enough, but his depictions of nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering garrreau cursory.