The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies: Implications for Geopolitics, Human Enhancement and Human Destiny by Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies: Implications for Geopolitics, Human Enhancement…

byNayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

Hardcover | April 28, 2011

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This book examines key trends in emerging strategic technologies and the implications for geopolitics and human dignity. Al-Rodhan argues that future evolution into transhumans is inevitable. In preparation, the global community is urged to establish strict moral and legal guidelines balancing innovation with the guarantee of dignity for all.

About The Author

NAYEF R.F. AL-RODHAN is Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK, and Senior Scholar in Geostrategy and Director of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland. He is a philosopher, neuroscientist and geostrategist. ...

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Title:The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies: Implications for Geopolitics, Human Enhancement…Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:April 28, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230290841

ISBN - 13:9780230290846

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Table of Contents

General Introduction
Information and Communications Technology (ITC)
Energy and Climate Change
Health Care
Materials Science
Artificial Intelligence
Conclusions of Part I
Human Enhancement: The Nature of the Debate
The Science and Technology of Human Enhancement
The Geopolitics of Human Enhancement: Applying the 'Multi-Sum Security Principle'
Criteria for a Regulatory Framework on Human Enhancement
Conclusions of Part II
General Conclusions

Editorial Reviews

"This is a fascinating account of the interplay of new technologies and national power. It goes beyond mechanistic estimates to explore social and political consequences of a world reshaped by technological change. The discussion of human enhancement through drugs or genetic manipulation is engrossing and raises new and difficult problems, both political and ethical, for what will soon be a very different world. The scope of the book, with its discussion of a full range of new technologies of consequences, makes it unique and insightful as a guide to one of the fundamental forces that will reshape international politics." -- James Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program Centre for Strategic and International Studies, United States"This book takes a broad look at emerging technologies and their role in enabling humanity to further its evolution. Nayef Al-Rodhan comprehensively addresses the key trends of these strategic technologies and the highly relevant geopolitical and strategic implications. Within this framework, he highlights the need for setting transnational policies in place to insure ubiquitous human dignity and the freedom to choose our own destiny. This study is a scientific and breathtaking voyage into the future that will enchant the reader and encourage society to meditate on our human nature and subsequent responsibilities." -- Giovanni De Micheli, Director of the Electrical Engineering Institute and Integrated Systems Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland