Category Archives: Book Reviews-Futurism

Summary of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”

Lanier blowing into a woodwind instrument with several chambers

Jaron Lanier‘s recent book, Who Owns the Future? discusses the role that technology plays in both eliminating job and increasing income inequality. Early in that book, Lanier quotes from Aristotle’s Politics: Continue reading Summary of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”

Review of Phil Torres’ “Morality, Foresight & Human Flourishing

Phil Torres has just published an important new book: Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks. Torres is the founding Director of the Project for Future Human Flourishing, which aims to both understand and mitigate existential threats to humanity. Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom Martin Rees writes the book’s foreword, where he states that the book “draws attention to issues our civilization’s entire fate may depend on.” (13) Continue reading Review of Phil Torres’ “Morality, Foresight & Human Flourishing

Review of Michael Bess’, Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in the Bioengineered Society of the Near Future


Vanderbilt University’s Michael Bess has written an extraordinarily thoughtful new book: Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life In The BioEngineered Society Of The Near Future. Continue reading Review of Michael Bess’, Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in the Bioengineered Society of the Near Future

Review of Paul & Cox’s, Beyond Humanity: Cyberevolution and Future Minds

Gregory Scott Paul (1954 – ) is a freelance researcher, author and illustrator who works in paleontology, sociology and theology. Earl D. Cox is the founder of Metus Systems Group and an independent researcher. Their book, Beyond Humanity: Cyberevolution and Future Minds, attacks the opponents of scientific progress. Continue reading Review of Paul & Cox’s, Beyond Humanity: Cyberevolution and Future Minds

Summary of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century

Michio Kaku (1947 – ) is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York of City University of New York. He is the co-founder of string field theory and a popularizer of science. Continue reading Summary of Michio Kaku’s, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century