Author: Al Gore
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world: Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels Earth Inc. The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases. The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years—from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets. A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species. Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science—and are putting control of evolution in human hands. There has been a radical disruption of the relationship between human beings and the earths ecosystems, along with the beginning of a revolutionary transformation of energy systems, agriculture, transportation, and construction worldwide.