The 21st Century Singularity and Global Futures

A Big History Perspective

  • Andrey V. Korotayev
  • David J. LePoire

Part of the World-Systems Evolution and Global Futures book series (WSEGF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alexander Panov, David J. LePoire, Andrey V. Korotayev
    Pages 1-18
  3. Historical Mega-Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Ken Solis, David J. LePoire
      Pages 145-161
    3. Alessio Plebe, Pietro Perconti
      Pages 163-184
    4. David J. LePoire, Mathew Chandrankunnel
      Pages 185-200
    5. Sergey Grinchenko, Yulia L. Shchapova
      Pages 201-210
  4. Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. David J. LePoire, Tessaleno Devezas
      Pages 213-224
  5. Future Implications

  6. Epistemology and Ontology

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 597-597
    2. David J. LePoire, Andrey V. Korotayev
      Pages 599-620

About this book


This book introduces a 'Big History' perspective to understand the acceleration of social, technological and economic trends towards a near-term singularity, marking a radical turning point in the evolution of our planet. It traces the emergence of accelerating innovation rates through global history and highlights major historical transformations throughout the evolution of life, humans, and civilization. The authors pursue an interdisciplinary approach, also drawing on concepts from physics and evolutionary biology, to offer potential models of the underlying mechanisms driving this acceleration, along with potential clues on how it might progress. 
The contributions gathered here are divided into five parts, the first of which studies historical mega-trends in relation to a variety of aspects including technology, population, energy, and information. The second part is dedicated to a variety of models that can help understand the potential mechanisms, and support extrapolation. In turn, the third part explores various potential future scenarios, along with the paths and decisions that are required. The fourth part presents philosophical perspectives on the potential deeper meaning and implications of the trend towards singularity, while the fifth and last part discusses the implications of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Given its scope, the book will appeal to scholars from various disciplines interested in historical trends, technological change and evolutionary processes. 


Big History trends towards near-term singularity Innovations in global history Historical transformations and the evolution of life Evolutionary biology World-systems Search for extraterrestrial intelligence SETI Complex systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrey V. Korotayev
    • 1
  • David J. LePoire
    • 2
  1. 1.Higher School of EconomicsNational Research UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Argonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33729-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33730-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-0985
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-0993
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