2030: Technology That Will Change the World

2030: Technology That Will Change the World

by Rutger van Santen, Djan Khoe, Bram Vermeer
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0195377176

ISBN-13: 9780195377170

Pub. Date: 09/16/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Imagine living in 1958, and knowing that the integrated circuit—the microchip—was about to be invented, and would revolutionize the world. Or imagine 1992, when the Internet was about to transform virtually every aspect of our lives. Incredibly, this book argues that we stand at such a moment right now—and not just in one field, but in many.

In

Overview

Imagine living in 1958, and knowing that the integrated circuit—the microchip—was about to be invented, and would revolutionize the world. Or imagine 1992, when the Internet was about to transform virtually every aspect of our lives. Incredibly, this book argues that we stand at such a moment right now—and not just in one field, but in many.

In 2030, authors Rutger van Santen, Djan Khoe, and Bram Vermeer interview over two dozen scientific and technological experts on themes of health, sustainability and communication, asking them to look forward to the year 2030 and comment on the kind of research that will play a necessary role. If we know what technology will be imperative in 2030, the authors reason, what can we do now to influence future breakthroughs?

Despite working in dissimilar fields, the experts called upon in the book - including Hans Blix (Head of the UN investigation in Iraq), Craig Venter (explorer of the human DNA), and Susan Greenfield (a leading world authority on the human brain), among many others - all emphasize the interconnectedness of our global networks in technology and communication, so tightly knit that the world's major conflicts are never isolated incidents. A fresh understanding of the regularities underlying these complex systems is more important than ever.

Using bright, accessible language to discuss topics of universal interest and relevance, 2030 takes the position that we can, in fact, influence the course of history. It offers a new way of looking forward, a fresh perspective on sustainability, stability and crisis-prevention. For anyone interested in modern science, this book will showcase the technologies that will soon change the way we live.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195377170
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

PART 0 BASICS
0.0 Our Mission
0.1 Concerns
0.2 Approach

PART 1 NEEDS
1.0 Vital Networks
1.1 Water for Life
1.2 Food for All

PART 2 EARTH
2.0 Our Planet
2.1 Dealing with Our Climate
2.2 Improving Energy Efficiency
2.3 Searching for New Energy
2.4 Sustainable Materials
2.5 Clean Factories

PART 3 TOOLS
3.0 Our Assistants
3.1 Smarter Electronics
3.2 More Communication
3.3 Reaching Everyone
3.4 Cryptography
3.5 Managing Failures
3.6 Robust Logistics
3.7 Advanced Machines

PART 4 HUMANS
4.0 The Nursery of Life
4.1 The Transparent Body
4.2 Personal Medicine
4.3 Preparing for Pandemics
4.4 Quality of Life

PART 5 COMMUNITIES
5.0 Engineering Society
5.1 Essential Education
5.2 Maintaining Identity
5.3 Prospects of Cities
5.4 Disaster Scenarios
5.5 Reliable Finance
5.6 Peace

PART 6 VISION
6.0 Agenda

Notes and References
Acknowledgments
Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >