Contents

Contents

Extract from THE REALITY OF GLOBAL CRISES

 

 

Preface

 

Introduction   HIGH-TECH

An arm’s reach or the orbit of Mars

From corsets to Twitter in three quick decades

The secret hidden in full view

 

Chapter 1   DIGITIZATION

A never-ending Video Diary of your whole life

Virtual Assistants and Intelligence Amplifiers

The self-fulfilling prophesy

Building the Great Pyramids on a chip

The Offs and Ons of everyday life

How accountants rewrote the future

What your first sci-fi robot will really be like

Cyborg versus The Bionic Woman

Why Iron Man will always have to be superrich

The stretching of society

Manual factory workers in second-hand robot cars

 

Chapter 2   NETWORKING

How supercomputers get to be so super

Passing the Turing Test

Myth of the Singularity

The AI arms-race

Your trusted best (artificial) friend

Ubiquitous Computing in everything you own

Welcome to the Supernet

Education and Healthcare once the Supernet gets going

Why Artificial Reality will become so addictive

Social Networking in a cyber‑society

Linking your way to polarized intolerance

The abdication of privacy and Going Venetian

How to trade Freedom for Free‑Entry

A world-economy driven by AI and the Supernet

 

Chapter 3   MINIATURIZATION

Why the Mini proved so groovy

Getting the future you paid for

The hype of Nanotech

World-class sculpture in silicon

How a lab-on-a-chip improves the health of Science

The weird and wonderful world of Quantum Computing

Building molecules from the bottom-up

From transparent sun-block to effective cancer treatments

Superhard, superstrong, supermagnetic

What you have authoritatively been told  –  wrongly

How ‘grey goo’ got lost in a filing cabinet

3-D Printing – but not molecular-level Replicators

Legitimate concerns over nanoparticles

Miniaturization reinforcing Digitization and Networking

 

Chapter 4   SIMULATION

The ancient art of modeling the universe

Cosmetic-software and other false senses of security

When there are not enough alternative energies

The secret hope of Fusion Power

Changing what it means to be alive

Reaping the whirlwind of GM‑crops

Animal cloning when the animal happens to be human

The Jurassic-Park question

Why Superman fought for stem‑cell research

Gene Therapy and a braver new world

Why tomorrow’s 150-year-olds may be in their 50s today

The High-Tech route to Global Renaissance

 

Chapter 5   ACHIEVING ESCAPE VELOCITY

Dark side of the Force

Bankers, the Media and Politicians

How different religions react

Peaking oil and global warming

Seven-Billion and counting

Exploding Complexity combined with Interconnection

How Order emerges from Chaos

The FIFTH-STAGE Booster

The birthright of every human‑being

Making a difference