In Byron’s most recent book, “We Are Agora,” Byron looks at superorganisms, such as ant hills and bee colonies, and considers if humans could also be part of a superorganism. He asks, are we unknowingly parts of the inner workings of a larger being? And, if so? As our cells fail to understand us, are we also unaware of what compels our behavior? In his prior book, “Stories, Dice, and Rocks That Think,” Byron argues that our ability to imagine the future and recall the past allowed us to escape the perpetual present that all other living creatures are trapped in.
Byron has also authored “Wasted, How We Squander Time, Money, and Natural Resources and What We Can Do About It,” “The Fourth Age: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War,” and “Infinite Progress, How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War.”
This is a million-year-old tool. Not a replica. This is an actual million-year-old tool. It was made by a creature called Homo Erectus, and yet Erectus didn’t learn how to make it, but was born knowing how to make it, the way a bird knows how to build its own specific nest. Why does this matter?
See Page 8 of the Book
This is a Galton board. Invented by Sir Francis Galton in 1876, the tiny ball bearings in this board fall randomly, and yet each time you flip it, they form the same shape. Does this demonstrate an underlying order in randomness?
See Page 207 of the Book
This is an early transistor from the 1950s. Your smartphone has billions of these crammed into the area the size of a postage stamp, performing trillions of computations a second. These transistors are silicon based, meaning they are basically rocks—but special rocks that can think. Or can they?
See Page 245 of the Book
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When not writing, Byron delights audiences around the world, and has been invited to share his reasoned optimism and vivid and energetic presentations on the future with audiences on every continent but Antartica (coming January 2024). Known as the “Future of” guy, Byron has spoken on the future of A.I., the future of work, the future of banking, the future of education, the future of the planet, the future of agriculture, the future of finance, and the list goes on.
Bloomberg Businessweek credits Byron with having “quietly pioneered a new breed of media company.” The Financial Times of London reported that he “is typical of the new wave of internet entrepreneurs out to turn the economics of the media industry on its head.”