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Author Bolwell, Dain, author

Title Governing technology in the quest for sustainability on Earth / Dain Bolwell
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in sustainability
Routledge studies in sustainability.
Contents Introduction -- The concept of sustainability -- Impact -- Population -- Affluence -- Technology -- Options -- Technology and governance -- Case study: glyphosate -- Case study: nuclear-electric power -- Case study: robotics and artificial intelligence -- Case study summary -- Alternative visions -- Conclusion : the owl of Minerva
Summary Governing Technology in the Quest for Sustainability on Earth explores how human technologies can be managed to ensure the long-term sustainability of our species and of other life forms with which we share this world. It analyses human impact, the discourses of environmentalism and issues of economics, history and science. As these variables are complex, drawing on issues from the social, physical and life sciences as well as the humanities, Dain Bolwell uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate these concepts and their related public policies. Exploring three major existing and emerging technologies - chemical herbicides, nuclear-electric power generation, and robotics and artificial intelligence - the book demonstrates the multifaceted and complicated nature of the grand challenges we face and draws out the measures required to effect sustainability in the wider political sphere. Exploring how we can govern technology most effectively to ensure a long term and sustainable future, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of environmental studies, science and technology and environmental law and policy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Dain Bolwell is an associate with the Institute for the Study of Social Change in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Tasmania. Dain is a former international consultant, author and editor with particular expertise in labour and development fields. He has lived and worked in the Central Pacific as advisor to the Kiribati Minister for Labour, in East and West Africa for Public Services International and in Cambodia, China and Geneva for the United Nations
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 18, 2019)
Subject Artificial intelligence.
Glyphosate -- Environmental aspects.
Nuclear energy -- Environmental aspects.
Technological innovations -- Environmental aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429429657 (electronic bk.)
9780429429651 (electronic bk.)
9780429770586 (Mobipocket ebook)
9780429770593 (ePub ebook)
9780429770609 (PDF ebook)