In part two of his latest release The Meaning of the 21st Century, James Martin dives into the 'Technologies of Sorcery'. After laying out the premise that we are unwise to continue to use technology as a crutch and rely on it for the solution to all of the ills caused by our bad behavior, Martin takes the liberty of outlining some of the most recent an promising technologies and some of their potential effects. He addresses the fruits and failures of genetic tinkering in both humans as well as plants and other animals. He takes the time to define red and green genetics as well as the three stages of genetic selection and modification.
The following chapter introduces some great concepts of the exponential power of computing over the years and paints a reasonably good picture of our problem solving power in the coming years. He outlines the advent of what AI may become as well as how it could become self-sustainable. Clearly the hope is that we are able to see intelligent goals for technology development and not develop for pure consumerist purposes. Finally he takes on Trans-humanism and the singularity. I was so happy to see futurist Ray Kurzweil and his ideas featured in the closing bit of this section. No technology futures book is complete without mentioning his Singularity theory, or down-loadable consciousness.
So now I have the premise that we are destroying our own world. I also have the outline of the technology we think could possibly mitigate out disastrous behavior. I hope the next section has some future thinking predictions, plans, or calls to action.