Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species

Paperback | February 10, 2015

byPeter Nowak

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Life for early humans wasn't easy. They may have been able to walk on two feet and create tools 4 million years ago, but they couldn't remember or communicate. Fortunately, people got smarter, and things got better. They remembered on-the-spot solutions and shared the valuable information of their experiences. Clubs became swords, caves became huts, and fires became ovens. Collectively these new tools became technology.

As the 21st century unfolds, the pace of innovation is accelerating exponentially. Breakthroughs from robotics to genetics appear almost on a daily basis. It's all happening so quickly that it's hard to keep track — but recently there's been a shift. With vaccinations, in-vitro fertilization, and individual genetic therapy, we're entering a new epoch, a next step, faster and more dramatic than the shift from Australopithicines to Homo Sapiens. The technology that set us apart from our earliest selves is becoming part of the evolutionary process. Advancements in computing, robotics, nanotechnology, neurology, and genetics mean that our wildest imaginings could soon become commonplace.

Peter Nowak deftly presents the potential outcomes — both exciting and frightening — of key, rapidly advancing technologies and adroitly explores both the ramifications of adopting them and what doing so will reveal about the future of our species. We've come a long way in 4 million years. Welcome to Humans 3.0.

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Life for early humans wasn't easy. They may have been able to walk on two feet and create tools 4 million years ago, but they couldn't remember or communicate. Fortunately, people got smarter, and things got better. They remembered on-the-spot solutions and shared the valuable information of their experiences. Clubs became swords, cave...

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Life for early humans wasn't easy. They may have been able to walk on two feet and create tools four million years ago, but they couldn't record their experiences or converse effectively. Better communication led to the first technologies. Clubs became swords, caves became huts, fires became ovens. As the 21st century unfolds, the pace...

Peter Nowak is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and syndicated blogger. He has been an editor and writer for theGlobe and Mail, and a correspondent for theBoston Globe, theSydney Morning Herald, theSouth China Morning Post, theNational Post, theVancouver Sun, and theToronto Star. While working in New Zealand, he was na...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:086492870X

ISBN - 13:9780864928702

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Life for early humans wasn't easy. They may have been able to walk on two feet and create tools 4 million years ago, but they couldn't remember or communicate. Fortunately, people got smarter, and things got better. They remembered on-the-spot solutions and shared the valuable information of their experiences. Clubs became swords, caves became huts, and fires became ovens. Collectively these new tools became technology.As the 21st century unfolds, the pace of innovation is accelerating exponentially. Breakthroughs from robotics to genetics appear almost on a daily basis. It's all happening so quickly that it's hard to keep track — but recently there's been a shift. With vaccinations, in-vitro fertilization, and individual genetic therapy, we're entering a new epoch, a next step, faster and more dramatic than the shift from Australopithicines to Homo Sapiens. The technology that set us apart from our earliest selves is becoming part of the evolutionary process. Advancements in computing, robotics, nanotechnology, neurology, and genetics mean that our wildest imaginings could soon become commonplace.Peter Nowak deftly presents the potential outcomes — both exciting and frightening — of key, rapidly advancing technologies and adroitly explores both the ramifications of adopting them and what doing so will reveal about the future of our species. We've come a long way in 4 million years. Welcome to Humans 3.0."Humans 3.0 magically combines the joy of innovation with the reality that as humans we are using technology for basic needs like work and play. Nowak's unique approach is a fascinating thought-provoking read." — Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association