Accelerating Change 2005. September 16-18, Stanford University. Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification. Transforming Technology, Empowering Humanity

Noteworthy Books

'Top 50' Booklist | Visit the link below to see overview titles we currently recommend to gain a broad, strategic, and big picture understanding of accelerating change in the human environment.

Top 50 Booklist

'Top 500' Booklist | For additional noteworthy titles helpful to understanding and guiding accelerating change, visit the links below, arranged by Science, Technology, Business, and Humanist (Political, Social Development, Personal Growth and Wellness) themes. Together this list comprises roughly 500 insightful works covering a wide range of topical interests. Please let us know if you have others to add here.

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Marcel Proust has said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." ASF's goal is to promote better observation, measurement, understanding and guidance of the accelerations and efficiencies that are constantly emerging in our increasingly technological world.

With better foresight we learn to distinguish kinds of accelerations that are continually renewed (e.g., computation, process efficiencies) from those that are more cyclic, periodic, or of limited lifespan (e.g., the economy, specific technologies, particular industries and business models). We learn to see and reward the kinds of change we prefer (productivity, connectivity, compassion, security, liberty, justice) and to minimize the kinds we do not (zero- and negative-sum disruption, discrimination, nonsustainability).

We have selected these in an attempt to help you and your institution:

1) better understand and respond to predictable accelerating change (scanning, forecasting, strategy)
2) increase resilience/robustness to unpredictable accelerating change, wherever it occurs
3) improve innovation capacity while maintaining sustainability

We hope they help you to see existing markets, technologies and social phenomena "with new eyes."

While at Stanford you may wish to peruse these fascinating books, at Stanford Bookstore, the largest and best academic bookstore on the West Coast, just steps away from our conference site at Tressider Union.

Other titles to suggest? Let us know.

Key Questions
How does computation affect our environment?
What is accelerating technological change?
Why is accelerating change important?
What is the universal story of accelerating change?
What is the "technological singularity" hypothesis?
Where might accelerating change take us in the 21st century?
What are our main benefits and risks with regard to accelerating change?
How do we improve the study of accelerating change?


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