Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity
We live in disruptive times. The world is changing faster than ever before, leaving people dazed, businesses struggling, economies floundering and societies fracturing. But why? Transition Point is the result of over five years of research to establish the answer; a breathtaking tale of freedom, unintended consequences and disruptive technologies that starts 1000 years ago and ends up in the second half of the 21st Century.
Starting with an examination into the drivers of technological change and the social, economic and political factors that both enable or suppress it, Transition Point explains why industrialisation happened where and when it did, why progress comes in waves, and why the technologies in the current wave, such as robotics, blockchain and AI, are likely to be the most disruptive of all.
It then addresses the million-dollar question: what’s next? What impact will this wave have on our businesses, our economies and most importantly, on our society? Culey explores how our current trajectory could result in a new golden age, but also how it is just as likely to result in a digital dictatorship of compliance and constant surveillance. Finally, he explains why we may soon see Homo sapiens’ role as the dominant species come to an end.
As Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, stated; "We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before."
Transition Point explains why this is happening, what it means, and why the decisions we make now will prove to be critical.
The West Takes Off
A Quite Extraordinary Series of Events
Exploration Enlightenment and Entrepreneurism
Revolution The World Takes Off
Gallifreyan Economics and the Art of Creative Destruction
Gradually Then Suddenly
The End of the Industrial Age
The Automation of Labour
The Time of Keynes Grandchildren
A Revolution for Me But Not for Thee
Levelling the Field
The Potential for a New Golden Age
All Empires Fall
The Automation of the Knowledge Worker
Convergence The Automation of the Value Chain
New Wave New Paradigms
A New Business Mindset
A Copernican Business Revolution
SixthWave Science and Technology
Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact
The Death of Privacy
Cracks in the Foundations
Chaos by Design
BasicIncome Bread and Virtual Circuses
The Mother of All Cultural Lags
Brave New World or Big Brother?
Beyond the Sixth Wave
Battle of the Gods
A Tale of Two Species
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Sean A. Culey
Limited preview - 2018