The Singularity and Its Discontents

The world is undergoing an unprecedented demographic, economic, and environmental transformation today. The rapid aging of the global population comes just as mankind has become a primarily urban species for the first time in its history. Adding to this mix, of course, is the forceful arrival of giant emerging markets onto the world stage.

As a result, there is now a great race under way between the forces of development and those of degradation. The fate of people and the planet hangs in the balance, and the outcome is not preordained. Even so, society can tip the scales in favor of a positive outcome—if somehow mankind could find ways of accelerating the pace of innovation directed toward the grand global ...

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