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In this visionary look into the future Freeman Dyson argues that technological changes fundamentally alter our ethical and social arrangements and that three rapidly advancing new technologies solar energy genetic engineering and world wide communication together have the potential to create a eual distribution of the world's wealthDyson begins by rejecting the idea that scientific revolutions are primarily concept driven He shows rather that new tools are often the sparks that ignite scientific discovery Such tool driven revolutions have profound I was surprised by this book I thought it would just be all wow technology cool But it was actually about how to thoughtfully and ethically use technology to bring about social justice Technology shouldn't just be about making new toys for the rich but it should be about developing ways to level the playing field for everyone in the world One thing I found that was very interesting was the accounts of how technological advances will often liberate one group of people while taking away the freedom of another group One example given in the book was the rise of househould appliances in the early twentienth century The servant class was done away with in those days middle class families might have multiple servants but middle class women then lost much freedom when they had to return to household dutiesDr Dyson a physicist sees solar energy genetic engineering and the Internet as the tools to bring about this social revolution I would be interested in seeing an updated version of this book because this was written over ten years ago and a lot has changed since then Internet access still isn't freely available everywhere but it sure is better than it was in the late 90's

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The Sun the Genome and the Internet Tools of Scientific RevolutionsCtively ending the cultural isolation of the poorest countries Similarly breakthroughs in genetics may well enable us to give our children healthier lives and grow efficient crops thus restoring the economic and human vitality of village cultures devalued and dislocated by the global marketWritten with passionate conviction about the ethical uses of science The Sun the Genome and the Internet is both a brilliant reinterpretation of the scientific process and a challenge to use new technologies to close rather than widen the gap between rich and po Drawn from a series of public lectures this is the mind of Freeman Dyson at its most fertile The book bubbles with creative ideas even if my instinct throughout was to treat it as yet another item of that curious genre speculative science factionHe writes clearly and very unusually amongst the top level of scientists let alone applied mathematicians his genius is capable of understanding history and society Indeed I suspect that he would have made a very fine historian if he had taken a very different route in lifeHowever a decade and a half on from the lectures very little of what he has predicted all of which I have no doubt is feasible has come to pass He seems to have been looking in the wrong direction than once His speculations are than a little utopianThis is a little odd because he has a highly intelligent approach to the effect of politics on technological investment There are some very acute observations on failures to be cost effective One might have expected him to have been a little cautious on that ground aloneWhile mildly stimulated I did not get a great deal out of the book because it was simply not grounded enough in the world I think that I am living in He was persuasive as a Kuhn sceptic on one thing though that techniue and tools drive science as much as concepts and modelsHis argument for scientific development as a craft process with many incremental changes and cross fertilisations with investment by scientists themselves in the machinery that enables discovery is well taken It made me rethink how thought and application exist in close dialecticBut there is so much material here so much inventiveness so much intellectual creativity and so many leaps that the book leaves one wondering precisely what one has learned that is useful That may be unfair but one wanted not ideas but clearer thread for those already offered Like contemporary science fiction speculative science faction throws so much at the reader that the tale often spins away far from the credible and the useful and the human That so little of the implicit prediction appears to be materially present today seems to confirm a lack of groundednessOh we poor mortals unable to deliver what our intellectual gods demand of us

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Download mobi Ì The Sun the Genome and the Internet Tools of Scientific Revolutions 144 pages ✓ horticulturetrader å ❮Reading❯ ➼ The Sun the Genome and the Internet Tools of Scientific Revolutions ➵ Author Freeman Dyson RSocial conseuences the invention of the telescope turning the Medieval world view upside down the widespread use of household appliances in the 1950s replacing servants to cite just two examples In looking ahead Dyson suggests that solar energy genetics and the Internet will have similarly transformative effects with the potential to produce a just and euitable society Solar power could bring electricity to even the poorest most remote areas of third world nations allowing everyone access to the vast stores of information on the Internet and effe This books is actually a group of 3 lectures given by Freeman Dyson compiled into a book They cover really 3 interesting topics the nature of scientific revolutions technology as a means of promoting social justice and humanity's future in space Dyson opposing Kuhn's idea based revolution believes in instrument based revolution and that availability of cheap scientific instruments is what really drives scientific revolutions He uses the example of steam engines telescopes and other devices to support his argument He also compares the Human Genome Project the Apollo Missions and the Sloan Digital Sky survey to show how high and low costs can differentiate between sustainable and sustainable technologies To conclude he explains how a cheap gene seuencer and a cheap protein imager could lead to a biotech revolution The next essay deals with how technology can be used as a means for making for a euitable future He uses the example of how appliances essentially removed the servant class in Britain However he also points out technology can lead to negative social effects such as how appliances essentially forced middle class women back into the home during the mid 1950's 1960's With this in mind Dyson suggests that the the sun genetic engineering and the Internet would reduce poverty The sun would serve as a cheap source of power genetic engineering would allow for the creation of factory trees biologically engineered trees that could produce anything from plastic to computer chips Finally the Internet would provide a access to information and markets All this together would remove property The final essay deals with life in outer space and how we can become a part of it He discusses the possibility of fish on Europa and how we should look for freeze dried fish and bacteria as evidence of life on other planets He also looks at 3 alternatives for getting into space laser propulsion shooting a laser at a surface causing it to propel upwards ram accelerator a long pipe of various volatile gases for shooting things into space and a slingatron a device that spins object into high speed and then launches them upwards These uixotic idea have their pros and cons but are possible alternatives to chemical rockets He finally looks at man's future in space with genetically enegineered warm blooded plants and factory trees These lectures contain madness but their is method in it Freeman has a reputation as a bit of a rebel and a lot of these ideas do go against the common mind But his sheer creativity and study of such original ideas makes this book something of a scientific wonderland filled with sights sounds and inspiration for a young scientist