I have recently begun Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and am about twenty percent through. I must say that this has kept my attention even with the intense focus thus far on the technology of space travel and the problems that must be overcome. What is of interest to me is the human nature aspect of the book.
The earth is coming to an end in approximately two years.(I don’t believe that this deserves a spoiler alert). The different approaches to how each culture on earth moves forward in accepting this inevitability as well as the politics of each nationality play into this, I must say I find fascinating. I have read reviews that diss the character development, but I believe in reading this, you must look at the big picture, and how each one of our actions based on the fragility of our lives affect each other and getting us as a group to move forward.
After having read several Neal Stephenson books such as Anathem and Cryptonomicon, this is what I expect from a tremendous storyteller. At over 800 pages, my decision was to decide if I wanted to make the time commitment to read this. I must say that I am really happy thus far.
I have included a video from Neal Stephenson about Seveneves. Hope you enjoy!!!
The author is an ethicist at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is also the co-author of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong. Wallach, according to the reviews I have read thus far, takes emerging technology and shows how humanity is hopefully going to be able to handle these technologies in a common sense and hopefully thoughtful way. Wallach shows in an evenly balanced manner the upside of these technologies as well as the downside. He also explores the decision-making process that will be needed in handling and making quality decisions in handling these technologies.
Emerging technologies that are discussed include: genetics, nanotechnology, synthetic organisms, drones, 3-D printers and supercomputers and others.Two of the most interesting questions posed from the book include: Who should be held accountable when these technologies are misused and what responsibility do the creators and users of these technologies have for these technologies? These two questions made me purchase this book to see if the author could answer only these two questions. We will see!!!
I have included a video from the author about robotic warfare from June 10, 2015.