I am best known as the founder of How Stuff Works. I started HowStuffWorks as a hobby in 1998 and it has grown to be one of the top Web sites in the country. In 2007 Discovery Communications purchased HowStuffWorks.com for $250 million. I am also well known as the host of the show "Factory Floor" which appeared on the National Geographic channel.
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This book introduces a new socio-economic-political system that aims to eliminate all of the poverty, inequality, hunger, slums and so on found on Earth today. This new system is introduced as a thought experiment within the context of the million-person Mars colony recently announced by Elon Musk. This new system will radically improve the quality of life for the vast majority of humans living on planet Earth today.
Here is a teaser trailer video for the book - a presentation I did at the Best of RTP 180 conference:
Right now, as far as we can tell, there is exactly one intelligent species in the universe and it is us: human beings. We currently see no evidence of any kind indicating that extraterrestrials exist outside of our solar system.
But at this moment, millions of engineers, scientists, corporations, universities and entrepreneurs are racing to create the second intelligent species right here on planet earth. And we can see the second intelligent species coming from all directions in the form of self-driving cars, automated call centers, chess-playing and Jeopardy-playing computers that beat all human players, airport kiosks, restaurant tablet systems, etc. The frightening thing is that these robots will soon be eliminating human jobs in startling numbers.
The first wave of unemployed workers is likely to be a million truck drivers who are replaced by self-driving trucks. Then what?
Marshall Brain's new book "The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as Irrelevant as Cockroaches" explores how the future will unfold as the second intelligent species emerges. The book answers questions like:
How will new computer vision systems affect the job market?
How many people will become unemployed by the second intelligent species?
What will happen to millions of newly unemployed workers?
How can modern society and modern economies cope with run-away unemployment caused by robots?
What will happen when the first sentient, conscious computer appears?
What moral and ethical principles will guide the second intelligent species?
Why do we see no extraterrestrials in our universe?
The Second Intelligent Species offers a unique and fascinating look at the future of the human race, and the choices we will need to make to avoid massive unemployment and poverty worldwide as intelligent machines start eliminating millions of jobs.
Two more books from Sterling Publishing:
How God Works: A Logical Inquiry in Faith - (Barnes & Nobel)(Amazon)"Does God exist? Using an intellectually rigorous, scientific approach, Marshall Brain sets out to resolve the eternal debate once and for all. With a compelling sense of curiosity, he breaks down mankind's search for a higher power, tackling such quandaries as: Who is God? What are his attributes? What is God doing and why? How does God interact with humanity? And ultimately, how can humans know with certainty whether God is real or imaginary?How God Works is an enlightening journey in critical thinking that challenges readers to boldly approach the subject of personal faith and put aside intuition in favor of objectivity and logic."
The Engineering Book: From the Catapult to the Curiosity Rover, 250 Milestones in the History of Engineering - "Engineering is where human knowledge meets real-world problems—and solves them. The book provides a detailed look at 250 milestones in the discipline from the various Engineering disciplines, including chemical, aerospace, and computer engineering, from ancient history to the present. The topics include architectural wonders like the Acropolis, the Great Wall of China, and the Eiffel Tower; transportation advances such as the supersonic jet and the high-speed bullet train; medical innovations, including the artificial heart and kidney dialysis; developments in communications, such as the undersea cables and the cell phone; as well as air conditioning, the Large Hadron Collider, Mars Colonies, and more."