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Here Be Dragons [electronic resource]: Science, Technology and the Future of Humanity

Olle Häggström
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EBook; Book; Online
Published
Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Variant Title
Science, technology and the future of humanity
ISBN
9780198723547, 0198723547
Summary
The 21st century will most likely see even more revolutionary changes than the 20th, due to advances in science, technology and medicine. Particular areas where extraordinary and perhaps disruptive advances can be expected include biotechnology, nanotechnology, and machine intelligence. We may also expect various ways to enhance human cognitive and other abilities using, e.g., pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering or machine-brain interfaces - perhaps to the extent of changing human nature beyond what we currently think of as human. The potential benefits of all these technologies are enormous, but so are the risks, including the possibility of human extinction.--
Contents
  • Science for good and science for bad
  • Our planet and its biosphere
  • Engineering better humans?
  • Computer revolution
  • Going nano
  • What is science?
  • The fallacious Doomsday Argument
  • Doomsday nevertheless?
  • Space colonization and the Fermi Paradox
  • What do we want and what should we do?
Description
Mode of access: World wide Web.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-273) and index.
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