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Next Civilization

Digital Democracy and Socio-Ecological Finance - How to Avoid Dystopia and Upgrade Society by Digital Means

Authors: Helbing, Dirk

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  • Offers a lucid account on the digitally driven transformation of society
  • Provides a balanced presentation of dangers and opportunities
  • Incorporates lessons learned on digital democracy over the past years
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"Digital transformation" sounds harmless, given that the explosion in data volumes, processing power and Artificial Intelligence has driven humanity and the entire world to a point of no return. We will surely see a new civilization, but we are at a crossroads. The future needs to be re-invented, decisions must be taken.

After the automation of factories and the creation of self-driving cars, the automation of society is on its way. But there are two kinds of automation: a centralized top-down control of the world and a distributed control approach, supporting local self-organization. Using the power of today’s information systems, governments and big tech companies seem to engage in the first approach. Might they even build a „digital Crystal Ball“ that knows almost everything, including your personality, and a super-intelligent "digital God“ to control what we do?

We are much closer to such „science fiction scenarios“ than you probably think. 

In this much expanded second edition of "The Automation of Society is Next: How to Survive the Digital Revolution" (2015), the author discusses lessons learned on digital democracy, aspects of transhumanism and far-reaching thoughts about life in the digital age and what it may mean to be human in the future.


About the authors

Dirk Helbing is Professor of Computational Social Science at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences of ETH Zurich and affiliated at its Computer Science Department. His studies focus on pedestrian dynamics and traffic flows, computer simulations of social processes, globally networked risks and disasters, a socio-ecological finance system, digital democracy and smarter cities - upgraded by co-creation and collective intelligence. At Delft University of Technology, he heads the PhD School "Engineering Social Technologies for a Responsible Digital Future". He is also an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences „Leopoldina“ and worked in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems.​

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Digital Society

    Pages 1-15

    Helbing, Dirk

  • Complexity Time Bomb

    Pages 17-34

    Helbing, Dirk

  • Social Forces

    Pages 35-61

    Helbing, Dirk

  • Google as God?

    Pages 63-84

    Helbing, Dirk

  • Genie Out of the Bottle

    Pages 85-104

    Helbing, Dirk

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eBook 21,39 €
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Softcover 29,11 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Next Civilization
Book Subtitle
Digital Democracy and Socio-Ecological Finance - How to Avoid Dystopia and Upgrade Society by Digital Means
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-62330-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-62330-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-62329-6
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXIV, 325
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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