on optimism

the rise of humanities in a techno driven world

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n actuality, the most optimistic writing I have seen is in the book with the unlikely title, “The Globotics Upheaval”. After carefully laying out the potential impacts of steel collared robots and white coated robots, AI, Remote Intelligence, and related technologies, he points out almost back handedly, but clearly the requirement that the critical knowledge needed is that provided by the humanities, a theme well articulated in Graber’s thin volume, “Valuing Useless Knowledge”. On the technological side I would suggest Nick Srniicek’s Inventing the Future, Post Capitalism and a World Without Work.
All of these represent the idea of “optimism” as promulgated by Thrive’s thinking.
Here one might add the peril and opportunity offered by the rise of the “Globots”. The current global/economic system sets selective barriers to the movement of people on the planet but favors consumptive material and fiscal flows. Now, as someone once said, knowledge wants to be free.

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