The survival nexus : science, technology, and world affairs / Charles Weiss
- Weiss, Charles, 1927-
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 365 pages ; 25 cm
- Introduction : science, technology, and survival -- Stratospheric ozone : a success with complications -- Climate disruption, not just global warming -- How do we address climate disruption? -- Nuclear issues : civilization in the balance -- Global health : security and inequality -- Globalization and the burden of disease -- The internet and social media : euphoria and repression -- Cyberwarfare and cybersecurity -- Frugal innovations for the "bottom of the pyramid" -- Jobs, productivity, and inequality : up the down escalators in manufacturing -- New technologies, new issues : gene drivers and geoengineering -- Playing with fire.
- "The impact of science and technology on world affairs is shaped by politics, economics, business, ethics, law, psychology, and culture. This nexus is a neglected aspect of international affairs. It cuts across and unites diverse issues critical to human survival: climate change, global health, nuclear weapons, Internet governance, cybersecurity, jobs, competitiveness, poverty, hunger, and the management of new technologies like autonomous weapons, hypersonic missiles, geoengineering, and gene drivers. Advances in science and technology promise both great benefits and critical threats. Appropriate policies can stimulate and guide scientific and technological advance to create new ways to achieve a healthy environment, sustainable energy systems, equitable growth, full employment, and reduced poverty. But we are allowing technology to push ourselves into uncharted and dangerous territory. Long-standing modes of international cooperation are under increasing pressure, and we are making too little effort to strengthen and update them. Nor are we building the strong global norms that we need to manage new technologies. Underlying all of the global problems discussed in this book are considerations of basic ethics: our willingness to respect scientific facts, to act today to forestall long-run dangers, and to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits, costs, and risks from advances in science and technology"--
- 9780190946265 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Endowment Note:
- Barbara S. Klein Libraries Collection Endowment in Art History and International Affairs
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