Future Rising: A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow (Future of Humanity, Social Aspects of Technology)

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About the Author

Andrew Maynard is a former physicist and leading expert in the responsible development of emerging and converging technologies. Over the past twenty years he has worked closely with experts from around the world on the challenges and opportunities presented by technologies ranging from nanotechnology and synthetic biology to artificial intelligence. As well as an impressive list of academic publications, Andrew writes for media platforms that include The Conversation, he maintains a blog on technology and society (2020 Science), he produces the YouTube channel Risk Bites, and he is active on Twitter as @2020science. Andrew also regularly appears on radio, and is a sought-out speaker on emerging and converging technologies. Andrew is currently a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and Director of the ASU Risk Innovation Lab. He is a leading expert on the risks and benefits of nanotechnology, and has testified before congressional committees and served on National Academy of Sciences committees. He is actively involved with the World Economic Forum, and previously chaired the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies. Andrew has a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Cady Coleman is a scientist, wife, mother, pilot, musician, retired NASA Astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and a six-month trip aboard the International Space Station (ISS)


A deeply researched book that will make you question the morality of technology, and how science has shaped the world today. Maynard's incisive take on cutting edge problems make this a rewarding experience for anyone questioning what the future will look like. - Zara Stone, journalist and author of The Future of Science is Female.
"Maynard has written a thoughtful and thought provoking response to the moment we're in, chronicling how we got here, where we're going, and what role we have in that journey forward. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Maynard explores topics ranging from art and creativity to memory, intelligence and potential threats ahead in a series of short essays. This book could easily be enjoyed in short bursts, but more likely, readers won't be able to put it down once they start." - Ramona Pringle, Director of Creative Innovation Studio and Associate Professor, Ryerson University
"Humans have a unique ability to create technologies that profoundly impact our bodies and environment. As the power technology affords us grows, it's important to understand how we got to this point, and our responsibilities to the future. Andrew Maynard, a tech geek with a big heart, takes you on a journey from the big bang to the present. He implores the reader to understand our relationship to technology and plan ahead so that when the future rises to meet us we are prepared to make it a future of which we can be proud." - Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, co-author of Soonish
"Taking the reader on a journey through time, space, and the human experience, "Future Rising" makes you think about our responsibility to the future of our species and our planet in a refreshing way without a complete "doom and gloom" lens that so many futurism tales can take." - Dr. Tanya Harrison, co-author of For All Humankind