21st Century Technologies

21st Century Technologies

Promises and Perils of a Dynamic Future You do not have access to this content

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OECD
25 Sep 1998
Pages:
176
ISBN:
9789264163539 (PDF) ;9789264160521(print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264163539-en

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The next few decades hold the prospect of remarkable progress in a wide range of pervasive technologies that are likely to have a profound effect on how we live, work, and spend our leisure time. These technologies are set to revolutionise the worlds of medicine, agriculture, travel, retailing...so much that is familiar in our daily lives. Used wisely, they could be of huge benefit to mankind. Used wrongly, they could mean lost opportunities and unnecessary risks.

The challenge for society is immense. What would be the cost of failure to embrace dynamic change? What kind of ethical dilemmas will arise from further breakthroughs in genetic engineering? Will the spread of new technologies create new social divisions? What sort of societies will prove most adept at harnessing the vast technological potential? How can countries best co-operate to maximise the benefits of spillovers?
This book reviews the extraordinary promise of technological advances over the next twenty years or so, and assesses some of the key issues -- economic, social, environmental, ethical -- that decision-makers in government, business and society will face in the decades ahead.

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Table of Contents

-The Promises and Perils of 21st Century Technology: An Overview of the Issues by Riel Miller, Wolfgang Michalski and Barrie Stevens
-The Next Twenty-five Years of Technology: Opportunities and Risks by Joseph Coates
-Faster, Connected, Smarter by Hervé Gallaire
-Biotechnology for the 21st Century by Werner Arber and Mathis Brauchbar
-Technological Development and Organisational Change: Differing Patterns of Innovation by Meinolf Dierkes, Jeanette Hofmann and Lutz Marz
-Enabling Macro Conditions for Realising Technology's Potential by Emilio Fontela
-Global Possibilities: Technology and Planet-wide Challenges by Luc Soete

 
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