The Meaning of the 21st Century: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future

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Riverhead Books, 2007 - Social Science - 497 pages
According to James Martin-known as "the guru of the Information Age"-humanity is at a crucial turning point. If we succeed in finding ways to support massive gains in population combined with dizzying technological progress, we have a magnificent future ahead of us. If we fail, we may well be headed for a new Dark Ages.

In this provocative and prophetic book, Martin argues that we can use our intelligence and technology to transform the world rather than destroy it. Drawing on decades of experience as one of the world's most widely respected authorities on technology's impact on our lives, Martin outlines specific, achievable solutions for solving a wide array of problems, from repairing ocean ecosystems to lowering the birthrate to coping with advances in nanotechnology.

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THE MEANING OF THE 21ST CENTURY: A Vital Blueprint for Ensuring Our Future

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There's good news and bad news: We're destroying the planet, and some of us are going to succeed.There's more than a little Buckminster Fullerish optimism—and off-kilter ideas—in Martin's take on ... Read full review

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Martin points out many interesting trends, and future scenarios. However, he is also overly optimistic (to say Pollyanna-ish would almost be an under-exaggeration). He nearly waxes poetic over how ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

James Martin is the author of more than 100 books, including The Wired Society, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he is the founder of the James Martin 21st Century School and the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, both at Oxford University. He lives in Bermuda, Waitsfield, Vermont, and South Africa.

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