Too many of the customs, practices, and institutions of society were designed for a time that has passed. The Internet and its corollaries are revolutionizing much of our lives. The Western world seems to have gone into retirement mode, settling for a cautious life after the financial scares of the last decade, hoping that the comfortable life we had become used to will soon return if only we keep our nerve. The reality, however, is that we can neither bring back the past nor prolong the present indefinitely. When the world changes around us we have to change as well. But, unfortunately, bold thinking has become suspect or too risky among those supposedly responsible for our future. Governments tweak and twist and adapt but they are more concerned to stay in power than to conjure up new visions and responsibilities.
"Handy says that by starting out on a second curve, probably while we are still rising up on that original one, we can avoid decline and renew ourselves. Hence his idea, argued previously, that we need to think in terms of having several careers, not just one. Handy was into 'going plural' before the phrase existed."— Management Today
"The Second Curve successfully channels the energy and enthusiasm of the younger generation, in whom Handy places great hope."— Financial Times
"The key message of “The second curve” is that in order to make progress in many areas of life it is sometimes necessary to change radically, start a new course that will be different from the existing one, always requiring a completely new way of understanding the problems we face."—Open Mind
Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers. Who Owns the Future? is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age: the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks.
Young people growing up in our time are not only immersed in apps: they’ve come to think of the world as an ensemble of apps, to see their lives as a string of ordered apps, or perhaps, in many cases, a single, extended, cradle-to-grave app. (We’ve labeled this overarching app a
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow examines what might happen to the world when these old myths are coupled with new godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. What will happen to democracy when Google and Facebook come to know our likes and our political preferences better than we
The Marshmallow Test is an experiment where some children were observed to see when and how they become able to exert sufficient self-resistance to choose waiting for two marshmallows rather than having one right away. Resistance was very easy for some of them while it was very difficult for the others.
Governments tweak and twist and adapt but they are more concerned to stay in power than to conjure up new visions and responsibilities.
However, many of our assumptions about how our lives work are being turned upside down by new technologies and new values.
Anyone who has experienced unemployment will remember how hard it was to summon up the confidence or the energy, let alone the withdrawal, to make an investment in something potentially risky.
The computer, followed by the Internet and all its offshoots, has given us freedom, but freedom with consequences.
If we cannot ever say to ourselves “enough is enough” we will never be free to explore other possibilities.
It is more dangerous to your health to be lonely than to be obese, being equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.