SCS19 Keynote Speaker Sean Culey's book 'Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity'
Watch a short video covering the key themes of Sean Culey's book.
Read HERE more about the book 'Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity' on Sean's website. Extracts from this:
"As Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, stated; "We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before."
"Transition Point investigates the impact that the current wave of disruptive change is having on our society, and why the decisions we make now will prove to be critical. It explores how our current trajectory could result in a new golden age, but also how it is just as likely to result in a digital dictatorship of compliance and constant surveillance. Finally, he explains why we may soon see Homo sapiens' role as the dominant species come to an end."
"Sean Culey’s new book, Transition Point, begins with an examination into why human progress suddenly exploded in 18th Century Britain, rather than in larger or more culturally advanced civilisations. He explains why the societal structures and individual freedoms that developed in Britain allowed the population’s innovative capabilities to flourish while the political structures that existed elsewhere held them back. Culey investigates the form and structure of this technologically driven progress, and why it is cyclical, not linear.
Culey then explains why we are now in the transition point between the fifth and sixth technological waves, in a time the old and new co-exist, creating a society with one foot in the past and one in the future. This is a time of winners and losers, of people with capital and those with just labour. People with desired new wave skills and mindsets, and those with redundant old-wave ones.
In Part Two of the book, Culey details the technological advancements contained in this new wave, showing exactly how they are going to combine to automate every aspect of the global workplace, from manual labour to office jobs. Innovations capable of not just replacing jobs, but also capabilities such as vision, hearing and speech, creating a future where humans are no longer the cheapest or smartest workers around.
In the third and most substantial part of the book, Transition Point examines the impact this new wave is going to have on the nature of business practices, on our scientific and technological advancement, on the economy and, most controversially, on the future of our society. Culey explains what actions are needed to prevent the economy from transforming into a nightmare of uncaring corporatism; a world where the wealth flows into the technocrats, establishment and capital owners, and the modern-day John Henry’s are left behind, outperformed by AI systems, robots and algorithms that work for electricity and never take a break."
Added: 28th October 2019