The Meaning of the 21st Century

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The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future
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AuthorJames Martin
LanguageEnglish
SubjectGlobal catastrophic risks
PublisherRiverhead Penguin
Publication date
2006
Media typePrint
ISBN9781573223232
Websitewww.jamesmartin.com/book/

The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future is a 2006 nonfiction book by[1] British technology consultant James Martin.

Synopsis[edit]

It assesses technological challenges, dangers and opportunities facing the human race.[2] The book lists and proposes solutions for 17 interlocked upcoming "megaproblems".[3] Topics include nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, climate change and terrorism.[1] Martin asserts that many global problems have been worsened by past technologies, but could be addressed by new ones.[4] For example, he advocates for "electronic brain appendages" to help think through to a solution to problems such as global warming.[5]

Film[edit]

Martin released a film based on the book, narrated by one of his Bermudan neighbors,[6] Hollywood actor Michael Douglas.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Only teenagers can save the planet!". The Guardian (UK). 2 October 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future by James E. Martin". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "The Meaning of the 21st Century (review)". The Independent (UK). 3 November 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. ^ Weber, Bruce (2 July 2013). "James Martin, Technology Consultant and Oxford Benefactor, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  5. ^ "THE MEANING OF THE 21ST CENTURY by James Martin (Review)". Kirkus Reviews (June 1st, 2006). Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  6. ^ "The $100 man: Why philanthropist James Martin gave away his fortune". The Independent (UK). 15 January 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  7. ^ "IT Visionary James Martin Dies". InformationWeek. Retrieved 20 December 2016.

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