Future Rising

Future Rising

A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow (Future of Humanity, Social Aspects of Technology)

Andrew Maynard


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This book is aimed at readers from 18 years upward from all backgrounds and ages who are excited, concerned, or downright frustrated, about the future we’re building together, and who want to know more about how to get it right. The book’s unique blend of science, philosophy, and humanity, together with its accessible style, will appeal to readers who are trying to make sense of the future and our collective responsibility toward it, but who don’t want to be preached at. Aimed at readers: i. Readers who are worried about how human activities are damaging the environment and harming society, and are looking for novel insights into how to build a more just and sustainable future. ii. Readers who are intrigued and excited by current developments in science and technology, but are concerned about their potential impacts on current and future generations. iii. Readers who enjoy books that weave together science and philosophy to provide new perspectives on what it means to be human in the 21st century. iv. Readers who have a passing interest in the future or are concerned by headlines that paint a bleak picture of the future, and are looking for a quick and easy read that will keep them hooked, while making them think. v. Readers who are actively seeking thoughtful and novel insights into what the future means, and our relationship with it. vi. Readers who actively seek out books about the future and how we can influence it (such as Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus), and are looking for new ideas and insights. vii. Readers who are tired of opinionated, hyperbolic, preachy books about the future, and who are desperately looking for something that’s more inclusive and accessible.


Andrew Maynard:

Andrew Maynard, a former physicist, is a leading expert in the responsible development of emerging and converging technologies. Over the past twenty years, he has worked closely with experts from around the world on the challenges and opportunities presented by various technologies, ranging from nanotechnology and synthetic biology to artificial intelligence.

In addition to his impressive list of academic publications, Andrew writes for media platforms such as The Conversation, maintains a blog on technology and society called 2020 Science, produces the YouTube channel Risk Bites, and is active on Twitter @2020science. Andrew also regularly appears on radio and is a sought-out speaker on emerging and converging technologies.

Andrew is currently a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and Director of the ASU Risk Innovation Lab. He is a leading expert on the risks and benefits of nanotechnology, and he has testified before congressional committees and served on National Academy of Sciences committees. He is actively involved with the World Economic Forum and previously chaired the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies. Andrew has a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK.