ENGINEERING VISION, TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION AND OPTIMISMA book by Purnendu GhoshPublished by NIPA and CRC Press

Science is a way to understand nature. Engineering aims at modifying nature. Technology transforms society. The genesis of society is linked to the intellectual and social consequences of science and technology. The management of change is central to the practice of engineering. We live in a world where nothing is difficult, provided there is a market for it. Technology wants what life wants. Using technologies, it seems, it is possible to do anything and produce anything. The centre of gravity of the engineering profession is shifting. The world wants confident engineers who can foresee and manage 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 –

Are we cultivating the right kind of engineering mindset?

What a general engineering toolkit must 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 technology improve work-life balance?

Is society ready to accept the exponential development challenges?

Do we take pride in designing a thing and manufacturing it, as we take pride in packaging it?

This book is about

The mindset that defines the contours of life

The science that refines the spirit of life

Engineering that designs the vision of life

Convergence of Engineering and the Science of Life

Technology revolution and optimism

Impact of SET on the future of work

Writing this book was an opportunity for me to thank my teachers, my peers, and my students on the occasion of completion of 50 years of my graduation in engineering.


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