A Compelling Vision of the Future
Human beings can―and do―change the future
Over the course of the past 14 billion years, humanity has gained the ability not only to imagine the future, but to design and engineer it. At times entertaining and at others profound, Future Rising by Dr. Andrew Maynard, professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, provides a highly original perspective on our relationship with the future.
We have a responsibility to change the future for the better
As a species, we have become profoundly talented architects of our own future. And yet, we so often struggle to come to terms with what this means and the responsibility that it comes with. As our world is driven along by the breakneck speed of innovation and rapidly-shifting norms and expectations, we sometimes need to find a still, quiet place to pause and think.
Future Rising sets out to create such a quiet place, where we can take advantage of our species’ knowledge of the environment, world history, and the importance of science to piece together a positive picture of the future.
To create a promise-filled future, rediscover the past
Our relationship with the future is inextricably intertwined with where we’ve come from, who we are, and what we aspire to. Written to be easy to pick up and hard to put down, Future Rising starts at the beginning of all things with the Big Bang and traces a pathway along the emergence of intelligent life, through what makes humans uniquely capable of imagining and creating different futures, to the profound responsibilities that this comes with.
In a series of sixty short reflections, Future Rising will take you on an often-startling journey into:
- What “the future” is
- How it molds and guides our lives
- How thinking differently about the future can transform how we approach it
If you enjoy nonfiction science and history books like Homo Deus, Sapiens, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, then you’ll love Future Rising.