The Next Step: Exponential Life

The Next Step: Exponential Life presents a necessarily partial and schematic view of the potential of what are known as “exponential technologies,” considering their economic, social, environmental, ethical, and even ontological implications.

This book’s fundamental idea is that humanity is at the beginning of a technological revolution that is evolving at a much faster pace than earlier ones, and that is so far reaching it is destined to generate transformations we can only begin to imagine.

Emerging technologies will change what have seemed to be the fundamental constants of human nature: in fact, they already are and, as a result, it now seems possible to drastically improve human memory, cognitive processes, and physical and intellectual capacities—even to the extent of extending our life expectancy to such a degree that it may actually change our concept of mortality. The possibilities are enormous, but the questions they raise for humankind are equally significant.

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