What will happen in our future? Some predict that we face elimination by superintelligent machines, others predict destruction due to climate change, yet others predict massive unemployment and ecomic collapse due to automation. We have been told of advantages and dangers of natechlogy, genetic engineering, and other techlogies. Each author has largely igred the other points of view. But, there can be only one future. This is a refreshing new look at our future from a former university professor who holds advanced degrees in electrical engineering, physics and psychology. The findings to date on climate change, automation, ecomics, history of techlogy, and future digital and other techlogical changes have been thoroughly reviewed, and a synthesis offered that includes all these forces in a single future. The result predicts an incredible future in which the precise details of our techlogical progress cant be determined in advance, but a future which is predicted to unfold with ever more increasing rates of change. The best way to prepare for this future, a future already well underway, will be to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the changes driving our future, the opportunities offered by the very techlogies driving us toward our incredible future. The future, fraught with danger, can be surprisingly bright -- if we can make use of the opportunities implicit in the challenges to come.
David Mills, M.S., Ph.D., M.A., has a master of science degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in physics from Stanford University, plus a master's degree in psychology. A former university professor, he has conducted government-sponsored research in several different areas pertinent to studies of the future. The areas include electronics, physics, psychology, biology, neuroscience and biomedical research. Most of his research has been conducted in the fruitful and largely unexplored areas where two or more fields combine. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in professional journals reporting his research work in a number of fields