Information and Biological Revolutions

Global Governance Challenges — Summary of a Study Group

by Francis Fukuyama, Caroline S. Wagner

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Abstract

This report summarizes the issues that arose and the discussions held during the meetings of a 1998-1999 study group focusing on global governance of information technology and biotechnology. The goal was to bring a policy perspective to bear on a discussion of new technological developments through a series of free-flowing and exploratory presentations and discussions.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction: Governance Challenges of the Dual Revolutions in Information and Biotechnology

  • Chapter Two

    The Promise and Challenge of Emerging Technologies

  • Chapter Three

    The Problem of Governance

  • Chapter Four

    Possible Government Actions: Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Evolution on the Timescale of Thought and Action: Darwinian Approaches to Language, Planning and Consciousness, and Some Lessons from Paleoclimate About How to Speed up Evolution

  • Appendix B

    Quantum Theory and Human Consciousness

  • Appendix C

    Morals, Demonic Males and Evolutionary Psychology

  • Appendix D

    Implications for Public Policy of the Information and Communications Revolution

  • Appendix E

    Biology, History, and Social Organization

  • Appendix F

    Triumph or Tragedy: the Moral Meaning of Genetic Technology

  • Appendix G

    The Conversion of Genetics and Computing: Implications for Medicine, Society, and Individual Identity

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