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Apocalypse How?: Technology and the Threat of Disaster

Apocalypse How?: Technology and the Threat of Disaster (Hardback, Main)

By Letwin, Oliver

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As the world becomes better connected and we grow ever more dependent on technology, the risks to our infrastructure are multiplying. Whether it's a hostile state striking the national grid (like Russia did with Ukraine in 2016) or a freak solar storm, our systems have become so ...interlinked that if one part goes down the rest topple like dominoes. In this groundbreaking book, former government minister Oliver Letwin looks ten years into the future and imagines a UK in which the national grid has collapsed. Reliant on the internet, automated electric cars, voice-over IP, GPS, and the internet of things, law and order would disintegrate. Taking us from high-level government meetings to elderly citizens waiting in vain for their carers, this book is a wake up call for why we should question our unshakeable faith in technology. But it's much more than that: Letwin uses his vast experience in government to outline how businesses and government should respond to catastrophic black swan events that seem distant and implausible - until they occur.
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ISBN 9781786496867
Released NZ 31 Mar 2020
Publisher Atlantic Books
Format Hardback, Main
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ISBN-13 9781786496867
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Atlantic Books
Imprint Atlantic Books
Released 31 Mar 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Letwin, Oliver
Category International Relations
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Technology: General Issues
General Theory of Computing
Social & Legal Aspects of Computing
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 303.483
Weight 260g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Technology - Social aspects, Technological innovations - Social aspects, Technological innovations - Forecasting, Disasters - Prevention, Technology and civilization
NBS Text Science: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly