Previous technology systems such as the railroad and electrification have dramatically changed human, natural, and built systems at a regional and global scale. Today, however, we are experiencing rapid — and accelerating — evolution in at least five foundational technologies: nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technology, robotics, and applied cognitive science. The result is a future that is unpredictable and radically contingent, as both our planet, and the human itself, become design spaces subject to human intervention and deliberate change in ways never before possible.
Braden R. Allenby is the Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and of Law, at Arizona State University. He previously served as the Environment, Health and Safety Vice President for AT&T. Dr. Allenby received his BA from Yale University, JD and MA (economics) from the University of Virginia, and his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University. His areas of expertise include Design for Environment, industrial ecology, telework and net centric organizations, and earth systems engineering and management.
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