Age of Discovery: New book by Antonians

Age of Discovery

Age of Discovery: New book by Antonians

13 May 2016

In AGE OF DISCOVERY: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance award-winning Antonians Ian Goldin (DPhil Sociology, 1984) and Chris Kutarna (DPhil Politics, 2016) explore our current world on the brink of a new Renaissance. The authors argue that the same forces that converged 500 years ago to upend social order are present once again, but this time, with the internet and advances in machine intelligence, these forces are stronger and more global, requiring us to reinterpret our relationship with the world in the most fundamental of ways. 

From the creator of the printing press Johannes Gutenberg to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, from the discovery of the Americas to the rise of China, from the Bonfire of the Vanities to the rise of ISIS, from the spread of syphilis to Ebola pandemics, a Renaissance moment—then and now—tests humanity to give its best just when the stakes are highest.  
 
With gains in health, education, wealth and technology we’re at a period of the most rapid evolution in humanity. At the same time, however, many of the factors that undid the first Renaissance – fundamentalism, warring ideologies, disease, and mass migration – are also present. 

Chris Kutarna: “This is our age of discovery. We can succumb to its pressures, close our borders and our minds to new people, ideas and technologies, and thereby surrender the possibilities inherent in humanity’s present circumstances. Or we can seize this moment, navigate the crises of our own time and co-create a blossoming that the world will still talk about in the year 2500. 

Flounder or flourish? The choice is ours.”