We are at a critical crossroads in the socioeconomic evolution of our society. Technological advancements are changing the way we live, work and play faster than ever before, and now — more than ever — we need someone to guide us. Authors Timothy L. Jenkins and Khafra K. Om-Ra-Seti step up to the challenge in their book Black Futurists in the Information Age (KMT Publications, $19.95).
The book focuses not only on the oft- noted “information haves and have note,” but also on how African Americans can take advantage of the changing times to improve their collective economic condition. “This book is, therefore, dedicated to the future … we can design. Never before could so much be achieved in leveling the playing field of life through pluralistic imagination and commercial creativity, as modern computer-driven technological genius has now made possible,” says Jenkins.
According to the authors, the key to taking advantage of this paradigm shift is KyberGenesis — the futuristic beginning of a major industry movement for scientific and technological development in the black world. The impact of the Information Age revolution on entrepreneurship; employment and education; preparation for the 21st century global economy; political, ethical and other challenges of the coming era; as well as specific strategies for the black community, are discussed in this dissertation.
In addition, the authors delineate the historical development of the current age of wonder, making sure to note important achievements of black people throughout. From the ability of Mali’s Dogon culture to compile an immense body of astronomical knowledge, to Dr. Ron McNair, the renowned laser physicist who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger, there is no dearth of black scientific achievement in this book.
No matter how well versed you are in the coming global information and telecommunications era, this book will provide valuable insight. Pick it up and take a peek into the future.