- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the developed world bemoans the fiscal prolems associated with a falling support ratio. "How," they ask, "will economically active people support the children and the elderly with the demographic conditions we expect for 2050?" (handwaved approximation for Europe).
- Tuesdays, Thursdays and during the weekend, they warn against genetics, neurotech, and all the other "morally bankrupt technologies driven by the souless search of inhuman so-called 'enhancement' . " (a collage of the usual published criticism).
The interplay between those two fears will, I think, be in the long term more important to global politics than the "Global War on Terror." Needlessly to say, the political and cultural tensions of the "war of civilizations" (which is neither, by the way) only complicates things.
Just when you need massive migrations to balance out the global labor markets, you have enraged cultural conflict and mistrust. As a technological leap proves necessary to tackle energy, climate and baseline productivity issues, scientific literacy (and its political support) nosedives.
And if demographic concerns turn into nationalistic fears instead of windows for economic transformation, all bets are off.
For my next post: hopefully less depressing future-gazing, more back-of-the-envelope depressing calculations.