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The Impact of Technology on Society: Two Authors’​ Perspectives

Rajiv Malhotra’s book “AI and the Future of Power” discusses the role of AI in shaping the future of power dynamics and its implications for society, culture, and humanity. The book explores how AI is transforming different aspects of our lives and how it is being used to leverage local, national, and global power structures. Malhotra also highlights the ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise with the use of AI and the need for a comprehensive approach to address them.

As a reader, I got valuable insights into the potential of AI and the challenges it poses for the future of power dynamics. It helped me understand the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on the future of power dynamics across the world. Malhotra explores how AI is reshaping various aspects of our lives and how it can be used to exert power and influence in different contexts. He also delves into the ethical and cultural issues surrounding AI. There is a huge potential for bias and discrimination.  The author pinpoints the importance of addressing these concerns comprehensively and proactively. My key takeaway from the book is its broad scope, covering topics ranging from geopolitics and national security to healthcare and education. Malhotra draws on a wide range of sources to support his arguments, including academic research, interviews with experts, and current news events.

My UBP for the book is its interdisciplinary approach, which draws on insights from various fields, including philosophy, history, and sociology, to provide a comprehensive analysis of the impact of AI on power. Malhotra also delves into the cultural and ethical issues surrounding AI, such as the need for transparency, accountability, and social responsibility.

Moreover, the book addresses the challenges of AI and power from a global perspective, highlighting how different countries and cultures are responding to the transformative power of AI. The author also emphasizes the importance of a diverse and pluralistic approach to AI governance that takes into account different cultural perspectives and values.

Overall, “AI and the Future of Power” is a well-researched and informative book that provides a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate about the impact of AI on the future of power dynamics. I got a unique perspective on the future of AI and power, exploring how technology is transforming traditional power structures across the world. Malhotra argues that AI has the potential to upend traditional power dynamics and create new forms of power, such as the power of data, algorithms, and networks. I recollect reading a book that has had a lasting impression on me. It is “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” authored by Yuval Noah Harari. This is a thought-provoking and insightful book that addresses some of the most pressing issues facing humanity in the present day. Harari, a historian, and philosopher examine a wide range of topics, including the impact of technology on society, the rise of populism and nationalism, and the future of work.

One of the strengths of this book is Harari’s ability to synthesize complex ideas and present them in an accessible and engaging manner. He draws on a wide range of disciplines, including history, economics, psychology, and biology, to provide a holistic perspective on the challenges we face in the 21st century.

Harari’s analysis of the impact of technology on society is particularly insightful. He argues that the increasing automation of jobs and the rise of artificial intelligence will have profound implications for the future of work and that we need to start thinking about how to ensure that all members of society benefit from these changes.

Another key theme of the book is the rise of populism and nationalism, which Harari argues are driven by a sense of anxiety and insecurity in the face of rapid change. He suggests that the only way to address these issues is through a renewed commitment to universal values such as human rights and democracy. In addition to the themes mentioned above, Harari also delves into the topics of religion, education, and the environment. He argues that while religion has traditionally served as a source of meaning and purpose for many people, it is increasingly being replaced by secular ideologies such as consumerism and nationalism. Harari suggests that we need to develop new forms of spirituality and meaning-making that are grounded in scientific knowledge and universal values. Harari also critiques the current education system, which he argues is focused on teaching rote memorization rather than critical thinking and problem-solving skills. He suggests that we need to shift towards an education system that prioritizes creativity, adaptability, and lifelong learning.

Both books offer valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and they complement each other in many ways. While “AI and the Future of Power” provides a more focused exploration of the implications of AI, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” offers a broader perspective on the complex and interconnected issues facing humanity. Together, they offer a comprehensive and nuanced view of the challenges and opportunities of the modern world. They are also some differences between the books. “AI and the Future of Power” is more academic, with a focus on providing a comprehensive analysis of the issues at hand. On the contrary, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” is more accessible and engaging, with a focus on stimulating conversation and encouraging readers to think critically about the issues raised.


1)  Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Power by Rajiv Malhotra.

2)  21 Lessons in the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari


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