ENGINEERING VISION TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION AND OPTIMISM
Published By CRC Press
We live in a world where nothing is difficult, if there is market. There is therefore the dilemma of want and need. Technology wants what life wants. Using technologies, it is possible to do anything and produce anything. The centre of gravity of engineering profession is shifting. The world wants confident engineers who can foresee and manage the unknown and unexpected problems. Engineers are expected to understand global issues and the nuances of working in a culturally diverse space. They are expected to appreciate, more than before, the human dimensions of emerging technologies. There are many questions, such as – Do I take pride in designing a thing and manufacturing it, as I take pride in packaging it? Are we cultivating the right kind of engineering mindset? What must a general engineering toolkit contain? Are there enough challenging jobs in the manufacturing industry to attract good engineers? Is it right to allow the creation of future elites who have augmented themselves with artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, without inventing a way to manage their superhuman abilities? Can there be better engineering than life itself? Should we be optimistic about the future of technology? Are we working harder than we are required to work? Can technology improve work-life balance? Is society ready to accept exponential development challenges? These, and many such issues are the concerns of science, engineering, technology, and society. This book is an attempt to deliberate upon these issues for the welfare of humankind.
Table of Contents
1. Mindset Defines the Contours of Life
2. Science Refines the Spirit of Life 3. Engineering Designs the Vision of Life
4. Convergence of Engineering and the Science of Life
5. Technology Revolution and Optimism
6. Future of Work
7. COVID Crisis and Technology Update
About the Author
Professor Purnendu Ghosh is the Executive Director of Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur. Before this, he was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has also held research positions at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland; University of Melbourne, Australia; National Research Centre for Biotechnology (GBF), Braunschweig, Germany. He has been involved with the planning and execution of several teaching and research programs and has taken a lead role in augmenting bioprocess engineering and biotechnology activities in the country as a member of several task forces of S&T agencies in India. Prof Ghosh, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), has been conferred the Distinguished Professorship award of the INAE. Currently, he is the Vice President of INAE. Besides research publications, he has written several books and articles in different genres.