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By Joseph Rotblat

This e-book discusses many of the ways that the safety and prosperity of all nations on the planet are associated - by means of army threats, environmental pollutants, and social unrest created via poverty. it really is argued strategy of schooling is required to make humans imagine in worldwide phrases, in order that they advance an allegiance to humanity.

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On top of this, building a modem communications infrastructure is an expensive undertaking at the national level. It is not surprising, therefore, that most Internet users are in the wealthier nations. The Internet is at present quite cheap to use once one is connected to it. But it is possible (some would say likely) that those who currently provide access to the Internet at not much more than cost price, will begin to operate as commercial concerns and increase charges accordingly. They may also start to incorporate the costs of the main communications infrastructure, currently borne by national governments.

Fortunately, that possibility has receded with the end of the Cold War. But these developments brought starkly to notice the fact that a significant part of humankind could be wiped out in a nuclear war, with untold devastation. Indeed, after such a major nuclear war, the world would never be the same place. One recalls in this context the stirring words of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955: We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent or creed, but as human beings, members of the species Man, whose continued existence is in doubt .

There is a rising tide of expectation, and of clamouring demand, which governments are unable to fulfil. Frustrated aspirations lead to social discontent. This is seen in increasing degree all over the world. Apart from the space age, what has contributed so significantly to the above impacts of science and technology on society, and the relations between nations, is the age of informatics and electronics that we live in. The origins of these developments go back over a hundred years, but in its present form it is based on solid state electronics born in 1947.

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