The Accelerating World: Speed
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"The Accelerating World: Speed Vs. Control–A Book That Analyzes TheHyper-Growth Of Humans over the Past Five Decad https://hdtk.co/eMIlu"
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How may sand, such a largely available resource, becoming rare? Why are some species disappearing at mass extinction rate? How large is the extent of digital data theft? Is it surprising that palm oil consumption is booming? How fast is urbanization and waste production going? If some of these questions resonate, a new book will be of interest.
Author Emmanuel Cassimatis is releasing his new book, “The Accelerating World: Speed Vs. Control”. This book is comprised of anecdotes and data that studies the exponential hyper-growth human civilization has experienced over the past five decades and the relationship between speed and control. A Kickstarter Campaign was launched to gather more community support and views. This book has been written with contributions from over 30 people and, it needs to be shared in order to continuously improve thoughts. The goal is to get 500 pre-orders and raise €5,000 by July 23, 2016.
Emmanuel, the main author, an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School, is a former entrepreneur and investor who currently works at a technology company in investments. In the past, he was working in Growth and Venture Capital. He has founded and co-founded several startups that have been acquired. He was also the main coordinator and co-author of a French book on investments called "Tout Savoir Sur le Capital Investissement.”
“The Accelerating World: Speed Vs. Control” is a tale that takes readers through five decades of human hyper-growth to analyze the relationship between speed and control. It reveals surprising and seemingly unrelated mysterious events such as: sand becoming rare; species disappearing at unprecedented rates; palm oil consumption booming and much more. Speed has indeed benefits, but only until a point where control is lost. This book suggests questions on the recent superfast human development in seven areas: population, economy, technology, data and knowledge, environment, freedom and society, and health. Several questions are tackled:
1- Population Population Hypergrowth vs. Growing Out of Control in a Confined Space
2- Economy Free Market and Consumer Society vs. Wealth Inequalities and Overconcentration, Unreasoned Capitalism and the Cult of Cheap, Disposable Products
3-Technology Mobile and Robotic Revolution vs. Uncontrolled Connectivity and Artificial Intelligence
4-Data Digital Data Explosion and Just-in-Time Knowledge vs. Information Saturation, Loss of Security and Privacy and Specialization of Education and Job Markets
5- Environment Ecosystem Use vs. Exhaustion of Resources, Energy Addiction and Waste
6- Freedoms Hyperdemocracy and Superfast Society vs. Individualism, Disinterest and Isolation
7- Health Medtech Advances vs. Unequal Access, Drug Dependence and Identity Search
In each, precise analysis is conducted, and anecdotes used. Some examples:
In 1900, there were 1.6 billion people and the world was adding 100 million more people every ten years. However, in 2016 there were 7.4 billion people and the world was 1 billion more people every ten years.
In 2015, computer have achieved capabilities of 10^18 calculations per second, the equivalent capabilities of a mouse brain. However, by the end of this century, computers will likely be able to achieve 10^25 calculations per second. This is not only the capabilities of a human brain, but that of all combined human brains.
In 1960, global GDP at purchasing power parity was 8 Trillion dollars. In 2015, the GDP 112 was Trillion dollars. But while this growth is phenomenal, inequalities have never been higher, with 50% of the economy now belonging to the 1% wealthiest people.
This book was written to be useful and enjoyable, through anecdotes and data. It aims to elicit debates by asking questions and channeling thoughts about the support of future human development in the right way.
Please click here to support this, make a contribution and pre-order a copy of the book. Backers can choose from a number of attractive rewards. Perks will be delivered December 2016
Emmanuel will also be in New York on 29 June and would be pleased to meet, get views and exchange about his book. To contact him, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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