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Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence

Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence

James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time, has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 ... read full description below.

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Published 17 July 2019 by Penguin
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ISBN-13 9780241399361
ISBN-10 024139936X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Publication Date 17 July 2019
International Publication Date 4 July 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Lovelock, James
Category Social Forecasting, Futurology
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Ecological Science, The Biosphere
Environmentalist Thought & Ideology
Global Warming
Artificial Intelligence
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 250g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Gaia hypothesis, Technology - Philosophy, Artificial intelligence - Philosophy
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 570.1
Catalogue Code 990110

Description of this Book

James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time, has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun. New beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants - as desperately slow acting and thinking creatures. But this will not be the cruel, violent machine takeover of the planet imagined by sci-fi writers and film-makers. These hyper-intelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are. They will need the planetary cooling system of Gaia to defend them from the increasing heat of the sun as much as we do. And Gaia depends on organic life. We will be partners in this project. It is crucial, Lovelock argues, that the intelligence of Earth survives and prospers. He does not think there are intelligent aliens, so we are the only beings capable of understanding the cosmos. Maybe, he speculates, the novacene could even be the beginning of a process that will finally lead to intelligence suffusing the entire cosmos. At the age 100, James Lovelock has produced the most important and compelling work of his life.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This restlessly thoughtful and forward-looking book ... is partly a defence of a lifetime's ideas, but mostly an argument about how AI is soon to overtake us - and what that means for our species -- James McConnachie * The Times * The hard science is explained with beautiful clarity, and a characteristic mischievous wit ... a bracing corrective -- Steven Poole * Guardian *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

James Lovelock, who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974, is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory). His many books on the subject include Gaia- A New Look at Life on Earth (1979), The Revenge of Gaia (2006), The Vanishing Face of Gaia (2009) and A Rough Ride to the Future (2014). In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen, in 2005 Prospect magazine named him one of the world's top 100 public intellectuals, and in 2006 he received the Wollaston Medal, the highest Award of the UK Geological Society.

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