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Title 21st century technologies : promises and perils of a dynamic future / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Published Paris : OECD, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (173 pages)
Contents The promises and perils of 21st century technology : an overview of the issues / Riel Miller, Wolfgang Michalski and Barrie Stevens -- The next twenty-five years of technology : opportunities and risks / Joseph Coates -- Faster, connected, smarter / Hervé Gallaire -- Biotechnology for the 21st century / Werner Arber and Mathis Brauchbar -- Technological development and organisation change : differing patterns of innovations / Meinolf Dierkes, Jeanette Hofmann and Lutz Marz -- Enabling macro conditions for realising technology's potential / Emilio Fontela -- Global possibilities : technology and planet-wide challenges / Luc Soete
Summary 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
Analysis Technology
Notes Papers from the conference, hosted by the Westdeutsche Landesbank, at Schloss Krickenbeck near Düsseldorf, Germany, 7-8 Dec. 1997, on the theme "21st century technologies: balancing economic, social, and environmental goals."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
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Subject Technological forecasting -- Congresses.
Technology -- Social aspects -- Congresses.
Twenty-first century -- Forecasts -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
e-book [online only]
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
ISBN 9264160523
Other Titles Twenty-first century technologies
Promises and perils of a dynamic future