Future Superhuman: Our transhuman lives in a make-or-break century

Elise Bohan

We’re hurtling towards a superhuman future – or, if we blunder, extinction.

The only way out of our existential crises, from global warming to the risks posed by nuclear weapons, novel and bioengineered pathogens and unaligned AI, is up. We’ll need more technology to safeguard our future – and we’re going to invent and perhaps even merge with some of that technology.

What does that mean for our 20th century life-scripts? Are the robots coming for our jobs? How will human relationships change when AI knows us inside out? Will we still be having human babies by the century’s end? Elise Bohan unflinchingly explores possibilities most of us are afraid to imagine: the impacts of automation on our jobs, livelihoods and dating and mating careers, the stretching out of ‘the-circle-of-life’, the rise of AI friends and lovers, the liberation of women from pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, and the impending global baby-bust – and attendant proliferation of digital minds.

Strap in for an exhilarating, and starkly honest, take on the promise and peril of life in the 21st century.

‘Elise Bohan is your travel guide to the future of human minds and bodies. Enjoy the trip – your guide is as sharp, savvy, lively and entertaining as you could ever want.’

- — Russell Blackford

Release
May-2021
ISBN
9781742236759
RRP (AUD)
$29.99
Pages
368
Format
Paperback
Category
CULTURE, SOCIETY, TECHNOLOGY

Elise Bohan

BOHAN is currently a Senior Research Scholar at the Future of Humanity Institute Oxford University.

NewSouth Publishing

NewSouth Publishing is the publishing division of UNSW Press Ltd, a leading Australian university press.