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*Read E-pub ß The Sun, the Genome and the Internet: Tools of Scientific Revolutions â 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 equal 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 social consequences the invention of the telescope turning the Medieval world view upside down, the widespread use of household appliances in the s 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 equitable 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 effectively 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 poor This slim book has some of the finest science writing I ve read yet It elegantly and concisely talks about three complex scientific revolutions that will drive technology this century A little dated since it came out 10 years ago but Dyson a friend of Feynman s and himself revered in the science community has a reverence for applicable science that makes it thrilling even to the lay person His subtle and not so subtle lessons on the social impact of technology enrich the story further This slim book has some of the finest science writing I ve read yet It elegantly and concisely talks about three complex scientific revolutions that will drive technology this century A little dated since it came out 10 years ago but Dyson a friend of Feynman s and himself revered in the science community has a reverence for applicable science that makes it thrilling even to the lay person His subtle and not so subtle lessons on the social impact of technology enrich the story further.Eye opener Technology does not equal social justices for all History may show technologies becoming famous for who it frees but not for whom it enslaves One example, home appliances in the early mid 1900s freed the servant class allowing their next generation to go the college while enslaving the educated, middle class mom Another example, Gutenberg s printing press booksschoolsstudents allowed to attend schools, freeing those who were confined to seeking knowledge in the monastery except women who weren t allowed in schools but now could no longer get a good education through the church.Snoozer The last 10 pages on reprogenetics , i.e Gattaca Between the movie and further breakthroughs in cloning and stem cell therapy in the last decade, his contribution here is overdone and overscaled in terms of centuries where new species will be created based on our newfound ability for conscious selection A little too much extrapolation for my taste 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 t 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 duties.Dr 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 Freeman Dyson one of the people behind Quantum Electrodynamics along with Feynman, Tomonga, Schwinger in the 1940s It is one of the great blue sky dreamers with visionary ideas for technology for imagined futures of humanity He passed on recently but he is the one who came up with ideas like the Dyson Sphere to harvest all of the energy of a star, or the Astrochicken or martian potato to farm the Kuiper belt as we take over the solar system In this short book, he has biographical sketches fr Freeman Dyson one of the people behind Quantum Electrodynamics along with Feynman, Tomonga, Schwinger in the 1940s It is one of the great blue sky dreamers with visionary ideas for technology for imagined futures of humanity He passed on recently but he is the one who came up with ideas like the Dyson Sphere to harvest all of the energy of a star, or the Astrochicken or martian potato to farm the Kuiper belt as we take over the solar system In this short book, he has biographical sketches from his youth his ideas on technology to further social justice and technologies for the future Dyson although firmly ensconced is the postwar science establishment, he was on the side of the angels and will be missed The finer technical details are absent in this book as it is a series of transcripts but the concepts are solid.The optimism herein is overwhelming and well asserts that, given sufficient altruism and purpose, the progress of humanity has no definite limit Had the various powers that be heeded this man s advice, the world would surely be acomfortable place than it is right now Luckily, it is still possible to get better The finer technical details are absent in this book as it is a series of transcripts but the concepts are solid.The optimism herein is overwhelming and well asserts that, given sufficient altruism and purpose, the progress of humanity has no definite limit Had the various powers that be heeded this man s advice, the world would surely be acomfortable place than it is right now Luckily, it is still possible to get better