The Biotech Centuryby Jeremy Rifkin
In this seminal book, Jeremy Rifkin explores the epic marriage between computer technology and genetic engineering, and the historic transition into the Age of Biotechnology. Already, Rifkin explains, our economy is undergoing a massive shift away from the Industrial Age and into an era in which giant life-science corporations are fashioning a bioindustrial/b>
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Usually, these types of books are outdated before they reach the bookstand but Rifkin wrote in such a way that it will be worth reading in years to come. The premise, of course, is 'beware the crazy scientists' with the bottom line dollar pushing him/her to make decisions that will permanently change the planet. But, the book takes a balanced, realistic view of biotech's potential for harm. Rifkin states his points, cites credible authors, and projects a future that is in desperate need of moral boundaries. His chapter on how we think and organize information is exceptional. If you buy the book just for this, it's worth it. It does get a bit technical but the non-scientist can understand the concepts. Not light reading but if you are looking for a serious summer book, this would be it.