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Author: James Martin
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Title: The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future
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Publisher: Riverhead Trade; New Ed edition (July 3, 2007)
Pages: 512

The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future by James Martin

He started the "James Martin 21st Century School" at Oxford to get people thinking about the big, long-term challenges we face. Anyone new to the ideas of the Singularity and Transhumanism will find this book a good place to start. James Martin does a workmanlike job putting the challenges of the 21C into perspective. The books title is a little pretentious; better something simple like "Wake Up before it's too late" works for me. Probably could have delivered the same message with about 1/3 less words.

The 21st century is an extraordinary time – a century of extremes. We can create much grander civilizations or we could trigger a new Dark Age. There are numerous ways we can steer future events so as to avoid the catastrophes that lurk in our path and to create opportunities for a better world. A revolutionary transition is ahead of us, and our children have a vital role to play in it; so, there is so much that we need to teach them about their future. Today, most of the public and their leaders have remarkably little knowledge about the future.

Martin, James (DE-576)16214461X. Publication, Distribution, et. London . Eden Project Books, (c)2006. Physical Description: X, 431 S. : Il. graph. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book The meaning of the 21st century : a vital blueprint for ensuring our future, James Martin online for free.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Meaning Of The 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint For Ensuring Our Future. Part 3 dramatically spells out the risks we face in this century, and part 4 describes the prospects for the future if we can manage to harness our natural resourcefulness to our benefit for generations. Martin examines crucial issues in politics, economics, religion, technology, culture, and the environment to look at a variety of challenges we face: poverty, war, globalism, terrorism, disease, existential risk, and transhumanism (radical changes in human beings themselves, thanks to technology). Martin argues that evolution has shifted from a force largely driven by nature to something that.

The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future is a 2006 nonfiction book by British technology consultant James Martin. It assesses technological challenges, dangers and opportunities facing the human race. The book lists and proposes solutions for 17 interlocked upcoming "megaproblems". Topics include nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, climate change and terrorism

Manufacturer: Eden Project Books Release date: 2 October 2006 ISBN-10 : 1903919843 ISBN-13: 9781903919842.

James Martin, one of the world's most widely respected authorities on the impact of technology on society, argues that we are living at a turning point in human history. We are travelling at breakneck speed into an era of extremes - extremes of wealth and poverty, extremes in technology, extremes in globalization. If we are to survive, we must learn how to manage them al. Although we face huge challenges and conflicts, Martin argues that it is in the scientific breakthroughs of the new century that we will find new hope

James Martin (author) – James Martin was a British Information Technology consultant and author, known for his work on information engineering. Martin was nominated for a Pulitzer prize for his book, The Wired Society, James Martin was born on 19 October 1933 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England. He earned a degree in physics at Keble College, Oxford, Martin joined IBM in 1959, and since the 1980s established several IT consultancy firms

James Martin, one of the world’s most widely respected authorities on the impact of technology on society, argues that we are living at a turning point in human history. Library descriptions. As Martin makes clear in The Meaning of the 21st Century, we can use our intelligence and technology to transform the world rather than destroy it. Drawing from his decades of experience as one of the world's most widely respected authorities on technology's impact on our lives, Martin offers astonishing - and surprisingly feasible - solutions for solving a wide array of problems, from repairing ocean ecosystems to lowering the global birth rate to coping with advances in nanotechnology.

The Meaning of the 21st Century A VItal Blueprint of Ensuring Our Future.

A renowned expert on the social and economic impact of technology and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Wireless Society explains how fast-developing technologies, broadening gaps between economic classes, and global extremism are posing difficult challenges in today's world, recommending greater environmental responsibility and possible scientific solutions. Reprint.
Reviews: 7
He starts out warning of many aspects of global endangerment but after awhile reveals himself to be a "solutionist"...a guy who believes in technology saving us all. I found it hard to stomach about midway through the book, but finished it. I love almost every book I read. This one was not one I loved. There are documentaries by this guy, James Martin. You can quickly get an idea of what he really is about. He passed away a few years ago I believe.
This is an outstanding work which gives an overview & details about the dangers facing people, now & in the future, due to the things we do or fail to do to ensure our survival & prosperity. James Martin also provides knowledgeable solutions to these global problems. He emphasizes that since current & past generations have contributed to the problems, it will be up to the next generation--the transition generation--to display the motivation & the skill-set to bring people together to ensure that these solutions are pursued vigorously & persistently. This century may be our last chance to prevent mass disaster. As to the outcome, Mr. Martin remains optimistic. But it is up to all nations & all people to work together to turn optimism into solutions.
The author draws on a number of present day trends and takes us on a journey to where these might lead in the 22st century. He does this in a practical, no-nonsense (or hyperbole) way supporting his propositions as he proceeds. I found it very engaging and at the same time worrying. Essential reading for most people.
I came across Martin's book while searching for articles relative to future trends. I can't imagine a more comprehensive review of possibilities in our global future. For anyone who wants to be aware of the awesome possibilities awaiting people in the 21st century as well as the obstacles to getting there, this book is a must read. I've given a copy to my 22 year old son who's majoring in international justice and human rights in college. I see this book as a guide for him and others of his generation in addressing the future. I plan to get more copies to share as a way of influencing those who will inherit the world my generation (baby boomers) have created with all its potential for good and for disaster.
In general....this book provides a short, but useful, introduction to almost every topics that were written in this book. The author seems to be a person who knows something about almost everything, and he provided introductory knowledge to all those things that he touched on. For example, he gave a sweet and short introduction of what genes is, how can we change genes, then followed by those issues that he thought is relevant to his topic of discussion. Although some of his ideas were abit impractical to me, personally, this is a great book for a starter who wants to know more about the happenings of this modern society.
In the last few years there have been many books written that warn of perils that will be faced in the next one hundred years. Typically written in haste, possessing only a small measure of predictive power, and resting on only a paucity of historical data, they serve only as activators for the amygdala, and the resulting anxiety they propagate only confuses rather than instructs. Rapid scientific and technological advances in all areas of knowledge has been popular to criticize, with the criticism being efficacious only to the extent that it keeps hidden the real understanding of the science and technology. Genetic engineering, molecular manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and experimental high energy physics are just some of the areas that have provoked fear into the hearts of many, but this fear is easily alleviated once the science behind them is understood.

This book does not represent one of these, but instead is a kind of hybrid. Its author is clearly attempting to raise concerns about developments or trends that he sees as threatening to the survival of the human species, if not the entire biosphere, but he also interjects some optimism. The author is repetitive, at times comes across as being too elitist, and some of his dialog may be too "New Age" ("nature as Gaia") for the more scientific reader. But the book is worth the time, if only to instill deeper investigations into the areas that the author deems the most threatening.

The author claims in the very first sentence that humans are on an unsustainable course that could be globally catastrophic, setting the tone for the underlying theme of the book, and also representative of some of the hype contained within its covers, with empirical evidence for various claims completely lacking. For example, the author claims, without providing references or any other form of cited evidence that: 1. One hundred million acres of farmland and 24 billion tons of topsoil are lost every year. 2. He predicts that global warming will cause hurricanes a lot more severe then hurricane Katrina (just how much more the author does not quantify). 3. The Earth's population will rise to 8.9 billion. He says that the latest computer models predict this figure, but he does not say which ones. 4. He predicts "intense" forms of computerized intelligence, but nowhere in the book is `intelligence' defined in a manner that can be measured (so as to get an idea of its "intensity"). 5. The author does not seem to have a notion of model risk, for he seems to put a lot of faith in their deployment, scolding politicians for ignoring the pre-Katrina models that predicted trouble for the levees in the face of a Category 3 hurricane. 6. Women who are taught to read tend to have fewer children. 7. Productivity in America rose by more than 3% from 1995 to 2005. No explicit measure of productivity is given, and no evidence is given for his claim that this increased productivity was due to increased automation and computing. 8. Human civilization is causing artificial warming. 9. There is an "evil side" to human nature. What exactly does this mean? 10. Immune systems, the human mind, ecosystems, viral evolution, and subatomic structures are "diabolically complex." What does this mean? 11. Cancer and birth defect rates are rapidly increasing, and human sperm count is "seriously" decreasing. However if this is true it would counter the growth of population, the latter of which the author claims is a serious issue for the twenty-first century. 12. The author worries about population growth, with a whole chapter devoted to the problem of "too many people", but having more people also means there are more brains to devote to solving problems. The author does realize this though, since he writes that young people can show remarkable ingenuity even when they live in the worse of conditions. 13. The author refers to a form of "hot fusion" having been invented, but he does not give any details since he says he promised the inventors he would not do so. This only has the effect of teasing the reader, and should have been left out of the book. 14. He asserts that tens of millions of Americans suffered brain damage from leaded gasoline. 15. He gives no convincing reasons for being against human reproductive cloning, either ethical or technological.

The author also falls into the unfortunate trap of argument by authority, with his inclusion of many quotations from famous people whose statements he seems to accept unquestionably. And his view of the scientific community is somewhat naïve, as for example he states that in order for a scientific paper to be accepted for publication, individuals not connected with the author of the paper must review it. This may sometimes be true but it is by no means a requirement. In fact, for highly specialized fields with only a relatively small number of researchers, those who know each other very well, both professionally and personally, typically perform the review of papers. In many instances a "club" mentality has arisen in the scientific community, and objective criticism from members of the club is diminished. Those outside the club are frequently subjected however to harsh criticism that has low scientific or rational content. But in addition to these difficulties in the scientific community, there have been problems with falsification of data from some scientists (if you want to call them that). The author proposes to make such conduct illegal, but this is a radical move that would encourage even more secrecy and anonymity than is now the case.

The book though has some virtues. For example, the author defends the cultivation of genetically engineered crops from the standpoint of as an alternative to pesticides and from the standpoint of improving the productivity of farmland. He also supports entrepreneurial activity as a means for improving certain areas of the world, even at the level of multinational corporations, but recognizes the caution is necessary in order to not alienate local populations. The author also advocates ending subsidies for the oil and coal industry and automobiles with fuel cells, but he never even mentions telecommuting as an alternative to the time-consuming, energy-wasting drive to work. And telecommuting can actually be done right now, even before the high bandwidth fiber optic network connections of the near future. He also looks forward to the day when home gardeners will use their own personal toolkits for the genetic engineering of flowering houseplants. It is fascinating to contemplate what these new plants will look like, especially if one considers the possibility, or should we say, the inevitability of exotic transgenic houseplants, carrying genes from many different organisms not necessarily members of the plant kingdom.

But the author is correct when he says that better technology is essential, and that this indeed is the best time ever to be alive. Those who are born in this century are the luckiest generation, for no other century can compete with its awesome power and dynamics. The technological genie is out of the bottle. The technological Icarus is flying closer to the Sun, and its wings are not melting. Its developers can be proud of what they have achieved, and will achieve in this century. We should not only keep up the pace of technology development but also increase it, to levels that now would be described as dizzying. For it is technology that is the engine and the true meaning of the twenty-first century, and this engine is in hyperdrive, even now creating its own set of issues and constructing its own ethos. But any problems it creates should be solved with more technology...with more and more and more and more.

And more.
It illustrates in depth details how's the problem and potential way outs from the people in planet. We as general public, certainly sufficient information normally isolated from us.
This is a must read for anyone who cares about our future and that of our children - and their children after them.