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The following couple of a long time carry the possibility of exceptional development in quite a lot of pervasive applied sciences which are more likely to have a profound impression on how we are living, paintings, and spend our relaxation time. those applied sciences are set to revolutionise the worlds

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Animal husbandry is producing the industrially managed and engineered chicken and hog; beef is not far behind. The ‘‘big’’ forces of nature – weather, tides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions – are better understood, as a result of complex engineering systems for data-gathering, analysis, interpretation and forecasting. We are on the brink of engineered interventions to influence and even control these fundamental forces of nature. As our technologised world moves towards a complexity unprecedented in history and largely unanticipated in the early and middle phases of the industrial era, technology itself becomes more complex.

The recent breakthrough with Dolly pioneers the use of somatic cells, as opposed to germinal cells, to produce whole healthy animals. Still-edible mastodon flesh is found in Siberia. Surely some of that is in good enough condition that with the technologies developed with Dolly, it will soon be possible to remove an egg from an elephant and replace its nucleus with the activated DNA from the mastodon, and then reimplant it in the elephant. Then eighteen to twenty-two months later the world will have its first living mastodon in 10 000 years.

As a consequence, technology will not be uniform in its effects. The likely flow in most cases will be from World 1 to 2 to 3. On the other hand many of the choices that will be made in World 3 will reflect not the high income and consumer orientation of World 1 but rather the realities of government dealing with the basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter, sanitation and transportation. In looking at the technological material discussed below, the reader is invited to consider the above six underlying concepts in relation to each new development.

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