Introducing Dr. James Martin

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The Transformation of Humankind. Extreme Paradigm Shifts Are Ahead of Us.

It is often said that if you are in the middle of a revolution you can’t see the overall picture of what is happening. We are now in the middle of the biggest revolution ever. Around 1750 AD, something extraordinary began to happen on Earth — the beginning of a massive transformation of humankind. Since life began, evolution has occurred at a glacial pace, but now explosive change is happening. It is enabled by technology, but many other factors are part of its driving force.

Nature corrects mistakes in brutal ways, and we are making massive mistakes now. However, humanity is the first entity in Earth’s history that can think about what is going wrong and try to correct it. This is the first time there have been highly intelligent creatures that can study their situation and devise powerful ways to deal with the problems.

Our future could be magnificent, but time is short. In our near future there is a need for extreme paradigm shifts, diverse in nature, and for which we are almost totally unprepared.

BIOGRAPHY

The Oxford Martin School is a unique, interdisciplinary research community designed to address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. It conducts research to develop solutions for the biggest problems facing humanity in the twenty-first century and to identify the biggest, new opportunities.

It has 38 institutes doing leading-edge research, concerned with different aspects of the twenty-first century, from the governance of climate change and the possibilities of quantum physics, to the future of food and the implications of our ageing population. Each institute can only function by integrating multiple disciplines.

The School has over 300 post-doctorate scholars and professors, working across the University of Oxford. The different issues of the School connect to form an understanding of our future.

Martin wrote The Meaning of the 21st Century, which was made into a major film, narrated by Michael Douglas. He was a Pulitzer nominee for his book The Wired Society. When the School was founded, Martin made a film narrated by Michael Douglas, called The Meaning of the 21st Century. A recent film has been made about the School, called Revolution in Oxford.

Martin was a pioneer in the automation of software development, and was ranked 4th in Computer World’s 25th Anniversary Edition’s most influential people in computer technology. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Defense. He is an Honorary Life Fellow of the British Royal Institution, a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow of the James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies at Monterey, California. Martin has honorary doctorates from all six continents.


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