THE COMING TECHNOLOGY TSUNAMI: A Personal History of the Future
BY: DR. ROCCO LEONARD MARTINO
Christopher J. Damaren, PhD
Professor and Director, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
Dr. Martino’s predictions are utterly fascinating but also somewhat frightening, given that almost of all of them are imminent. His summary of predictions in Chapter 1 was an excellent read.
Dr. Martino’s comments on the connected nature of the world and what it means for technology is entirely correct. His arguments for the emerging ubiquity of solar power, electric vehicles, driver-less cars, and robotics all seem to me to be right on the money. Many would agree with Dr. Martino’s 10-year prediction.
Chapter 9 on space and the computer made for enjoyable reading given my professional
interests. The historical description that Dr. Martino presented provided an interesting way of establishing the "time constant" for our accomplishments in space. We are no doubt going to get to Mars in the relatively near future, but I doubt that even Elon Musk will get us there inside of ten years. I think that NASA's predictions of sometime in the 2030s is probably more likely.
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Rosalie Mirenda, PhD
President, Neumann University
Dr. Martino does it again with a provocative message, yet one that will awaken the true educator's love for personalized learning and innovation! Nothing could be more timely than this "Tsunami alert" for higher education (and perhaps all of education). At a moment when higher education finds itself at a cross roads - seeking solutions that address the value proposition, creating efficiencies to control costs, transforming faculty ways of doing, and providing an education that prepares for life while pressured to ensure marketable job skills - Martino's message, is our Tsunami alert to prepare, to create opportunities for the academy to gather and explore thoughts and possibilities, predictions and visions for this future technological transformation. Just as a Tsunami advisory motivates and directs “energy and life-saving actions,” Dr. Martino’s book provides advice, motivates proactive thinking, and prods us to look beyond the immediate moment, embrace the inevitable changes and develop innovative solutions that address the future.
Ultimately, to ignore the possibilities brought forth by scientific and technological advances is to ignore reality; to move forward drawing on those possibilities to personalize learning, to engage and transform the learner through the lens of ethics and morals is to bring Education to its most sacred form and place. Dr. Martino’s book provides advanced warning that technology cannot be ignored. Who would want to if it is helpful in bringing education to its rightful and esteemed place in creating a better world for all? A must read for all involved in formal education today.
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John J. Schrems, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Villanova University
Colonization trip to Mars in the next ten years? Hard to imagine. Yet remember, the self-driving car was only imagined by engineers, and not the rest of us, just a few years ago. So now an engineer-rocket scientist who assisted in the launching of space science sixty years ago, tells us of a tsunami of technology in the next ten years. Robots in that time? Already my local trash weekly pick-up has gone from a five-person crew to one person. Jobs will be lost. Yes! But look at the bursting size of universities and the computer industries for confirmation that new opportunities are already with us. This new book by Dr. Rocco Martino gives us a glance of what the future will be like.
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Henry Lane Hull, PhD
Retired History Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Rocco Leonard Martino presents a challenge to the aphorism that the future is an unknown; the present is chaos and the past is the only certitude we can examine.
Dr. Martino has achieved eminence in each of the fields he has pursued throughout his life, and has now produced a compendium that only could be told by someone with such a varied background forged by years of observation and truly deep thinking.
This book is not a work of science fiction, but rather an utterly believable and understandable insight into how our world will change over the next 10 years. The scope of analysis is monumental, for as soon as the reader comes to grasp one of the book’s assertions, the author brings forth another that becomes completely plausible in the context of the rapidity with which change is progressing.
Dr. Martino foresees the new world order in terms of our passage on this planet becoming better for mankind as technology brings forth new means to improve the quality of life we might hope to achieve. From energy to healthcare, from shopping to education, from robotics to interplanetary travel, he leaves no area unexamined in his pursuit of comprehending what quite shortly we shall be experiencing as the day-to-day unfolding of the future, a new dimension of life that our children one day will take for granted.
With unfathomed optimism Dr. Martino looks to the advent of driverless cars, robotic surgeries and construction, and explores the galloping advance of artificial intelligence. A writer of science fiction might set such a course in a future millennium, but his scope is a mere decade, barely longer than two Presidential terms of office. In this scenario, virtual reality becomes no longer virtual.
In applying his forecasts to contemporary events, Dr. Martino predicts a shattering decline in the use of petroleum-derived products, seeing a future in which oil is a lubricant rather than a fuel, with the exception of jet fuel, thereby causing significant destabilization in those parts of the world that rely upon its export as their lifeblood. In that course of action, military activity in seeking conquests of neighboring regions will be alarming, but the resultant military activity will be conducted in large measure robotically.
For some who read this book the future will remain an unknown, but for those who wish to envision what it will be, this book is a fine place to begin that journey. Upon finishing reading it, one comes away without fear of what will transpire in the years to come, but rather with hope that the present limits of our abilities will pale as we embrace a new world, replete with technology, but also with recognition of our growing ability to profit in making life better for all mankind.