The novel, ‘Where will man take us’ gives the readers a delightful insight into how technology created by man is gradually taking control over the human minds; dictating how humans should function.
The central theme of the novel revolves around how artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and genetics play a pivotal role as the drivers of change – impacting by large the ways in which the society should function. The author mentions that technologies, which were invented to ease pain and end sufferings are merging with human biology, to an extent taking control over death. This is what makes man their own Gods. In this book, Atul Jalan paints a sad picture of how artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and Genetics are weaving the future of mankind – to an extent that the dynamics of human relationship, morality and ethics are changing. The novel is divided into five sections, each of the sections taking on one of the important aspect and role of technology. All sections are separate from the other and are not interlinked. Through his lucid writing, he has given a comparative analysis of society before the advent of technology, the contemporary times and how it will play a role in shaping the future. At the very start of the novel, readers are thrown in the vast ocean of information. With the help of chronological instances picked from the history of events, the author validates his point, compelling readers to analysis the situation from a whole new angle. He highlights that social media has a major role to play where “deliberate misinformation” spread on these platforms. He emphasises that fake news floating and “often gets picked up by lazy researchers and seeps into mainstream media as well.” It is a novel, which is loaded with information that might be quite fascinating to know for people who are not abreast of the daily advancements in the world of science and technology. Through his crisp writing style, he talks about some of the most important historical events viz-a-viz the history of apple, bitcoin technology, social media, Sophia – world’s first robot with citizenship rights, theories pertaining to an alien invasion and numerous others such engrossing topics. It would not be wrong to call this book a crash course on the history of technology and how it has enslaved humans in numerous aspects. While everybody likes to talk about the positives he talks about the downsides. The book is not fast reading as it demands evaluation of actions and options. To make it more relatable for the readers, the author picks up examples from real life instances. Atul Jalan is the founder–CEO of the AI venture, Manthan. Tags: where will man take us, atul jalan, book review Latest From Life Did you know that smartphone usage can lead to obesity? Red wine helps in easing depression and anxiety symptoms HIV infected cells damage cholesterol metabolism 3000 years old Indian poetry translated into Italian MOST POPULAR 1 Election advertisement banner featuring Netanyahu, Modi spotted in Israel 2 Kashmiri youth take army recruitment test, urge others to contribute to nation 3 12-yr-old Revant comes out with solutions for traffic rule violators; files 4 patents 4 Viral video of Indian family stealing 'everything' from Bali hotel, sparks outrage 5 Hospital is new jail: Lalu Prasad Yadav spends 17 months out of 19 for treatment more Editors' Picks TV actor Anjali Anand kills troll with 'kindness and love'; see post Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor give high dose of love with this new poster of 'Saaho' It will motivate and inspire people: Jacqueline Fernandez on her YouTube channel Prabhas starrer Saaho's release date shifted to August 30; read why Guru Purnima 2019: Super 30 star Hrithik Roshan to visit Anand Kumar's hometown Patna more ALSO FROMEntertainment City Of Stars: Shahid, Malaika, Kriti and others step out in style Photos: Malaika, Karisma, Amrita and their girl gang party all night Oh Snap: Vijay, Kriti, Sidharth, Parineeti and others step out in style Photos: Sonakshi, Badshah, Priyansh launch Khandaani Shafakhana trailer Stars in the city: Hrithik, Ranbir, Taapsee and others spotted in Mumbai Photos: Hrithik, Urvashi, Shahid, Neil and others step out in style