Ten days before Gerd’s latest book was officially published, IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello interviewed futurist and author Gerd Leonhard about his new book, Technology vs. Humanity. An excerpt:
Steven: “Is there a central message or philosophy in your book that you want all readers to grasp?”
Gerd: “Yes, there are quite a few… but here are 3:
a) we should embrace technology but not become it – because by becoming technology i.e. ‘transcending humanity’ as some singularity / post-human pundits are already proposing, we would actually be downgraded not upgraded. Echoing what Bobby Kennedy said about GDP, in the 1960s, I think that ‘data and machines measure everything around us except that which makes us human’. Equally, technology will indeed make just about everything smarter (think smart phones, smart cities, smart homes, smart cars, smart farming etc) while us humans are apparently becoming dumber as we give / cede / merge / abdicate authority to machines that decide where we eat, who we hire or fire, who to kill (autonomous weapon systems) or when to change our baby’s diapers (yes that was 2013!).”
To learn more about ‘Technology vs. Humanity’, visit the book’s web site.