CHAPTER 9Global ConstraintsDoes the Product Fit a Finite Earth and Its Inhabitants?

The previous chapters dealt with quality of life now or in the near future—products that fit our bodies and minds, bring us emotional pleasure, keep us healthy and happy, and help us become who we want to be. I have discussed at length the interaction between the product and the individual user, or perhaps small groups of users. This chapter is partly about potential future problems, or possibly catastrophes, that may affect large numbers of people, if not everyone worldwide. Unfortunately the products of industry, through their existence and/or manufacture and usage, can slowly or even suddenly decrease the quality of life on Earth for our species, if not seriously ...

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