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As the Future Catches You How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth

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ISBN-10: 1400047749

ISBN-13: 9781400047741

Edition: 2005

Authors: Juan Enriquez

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If you think the world has changed dramatically in the last five years, you haven't seen anything yet. You will never look at the world in the same way after reading "As the Future Catches You". Juan Enriquez puts you face to face with unprecedented political, ethical, economic, and financial issues, dramatically demonstrating the cascading impact of the genetic, digital, and knowledge revolutions on all our lives. Genetics will be the dominant language of this century. Those who can "speak it" will acquire direct and deliberate control over all forms of life. But most countries and individuals remain illiterate in what is rapidly becoming the greatest single driver of the global economy.…    
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Mixing Apples, Oranges, and Floppy Disks . . .
We are beginning to acquire direct and deliberate control over the evolution of all life forms . . . on the planet
The 390:1 Gap
The disparity in wealth between the richest and poorest nations used to be around 5:1
It is now 390:1 and increasing
The New Rich . . . and the New Poor Why wealth is now based on knowledge...and how one person can generate more wealth than that produced by all people living in Israel, Malaysia, or Chile over the course of a year
Empires of the Mind
The Singapore Law . . .
Why the future belongs to small, clustered populations who build empires of the mind and ignore the temptation–or do not have the option of–exploiting natural resources
Data Drives Empires
The world’s dominant language is no longer English, nor does it have a twenty-six letter alphabet . . .
The way a country, region, or group becomes dominant is by transmitting knowledge faster and more widely . . .
This is now done with two letters
Genetics . . . the Next Dominant Language Societies that don’t understand genetic discoveries or the challenges and opportunities that arise from these discoveries are functionally illiterate in the language that codes all life on the planet
VII
Is . . . a Hockey Stick
A revolution that may be 50 percent faster than the computer revolution
The Most Powerful Information System
Biocomputing could make genomes the world’s most powerful and compact coding and information systems
Nano World Big changes . . . on a small scale . . .
Biorobots the size of a virus
Revolution . . . in a Few ZIP Codes
The knowledge revolution is taking place in small, sharply defined areas
One company generates more U.S. patents than 139 countries do together . . .
This generates new Empires and new ghettos
Technology Is Not Kind . . .
It Does Not Say “Please"
It slams into existing systems and destroys them while creating new systems
Countries and individuals can either surf new and powerful waves change–or try to stop them and get crushed
Sleepless...(and Angry) in Seattle
Many people, even some of the heads of megacorporations, feel that the world is moving too fast as companies, even industries, disappear
High Tech . . .
High Pay . . .
High Mobility . . .
Wealth is concentrated and portable
MIT faculty and alumni produce as much wealth as all but twenty-two countries in the world
The United States keeps its leadership not by educating its own but by importing more and more brains
The Digital-Genomics Diaspora Three-quarters of the world’s countries did not exist fifty years ago
We are likely to soon breed a further hundred states
Flags, borders, and anthems survive only where citizens are treated like shareholders . . .
Otherwise they leave, and take much of the country’s economic future with them
Time Warp
We are in a time warp
Technology accelerates trends, be they positive or negative
We are just beginning to glimpse how profoundly different our children’s lives will be in a post-genomics world
Postscript
Notes
Credits
Index