The Mankind Growth Consistency: Outlook on Political Sceneries

The Mankind Growth Consistency: Outlook on Political Sceneries

Rinaldo C. Michelini (University of Genova, Italy) and Roberto P. Razzoli (University of Genova, Italy)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2012040105


The international stability is viewed as corollary of the sustainable growth. This has only technology-driven solution, at global village extension, with required appropriateness and shared acceptation. The survey, on such guess, looks at the robot age potential, as supplementary aid in the balanced world deployment that adds to the socio-economic and politico-legal frames. The analysis moves from the globalisation issues, at the known (economic) global and (ecologic) no-global pictures, to outline the traits of the post-global robot age, consistent with the sustainable growth, international stability, and grounded on the force of the law. Stability based on the law of the force was the past option, even allowing steady truces. In this analysis, globalisation makes this choice unfit, having doubtful economic and social sustainability and not achieving ecologic sustainability consistently and for the long term.
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The globalisation represents the major feature of the current socio-political world changes. Its effects cannot be neglected, in view of the economy-pulled up-grading (global viewpoints), and of the ecology-pushed regulations (no-global viewpoints). The resulting society moves towards high complexity cross-linked political frames, with impending constraints on the life-quality issues. The global viewpoints, shortly recalled, have recently shown critical falls-off, and the simple financial instruments do not seem contributing creditable aids to the international stability. The no-global viewpoints, the other way, provide suited ecology warning, but the conservatism of the precaution principle does not allow viable innovation.

The role of technology is believed essential to make possible devising sustainable growth, the basic way to generate spendable riches, and taking the ecology parameters under control. The all is referred as giving rise to the ‹robot age›, a technology-driven issue, already, properly recognised. The technological appropriateness, nevertheless, is necessary, but not sufficient to support stable international surroundings. The study intends to prospect the somehow imaginative picture of the world to come, where the modelling of the knowledge society features and annexed robotic aids are weighed against the economy/ecology balanced drivers.

The selected topics come from transversal sources, and develop across economy and ecology conditions (Antonelli, 1995; Cowen, 2011; Forey, 2004; Kleinert, 2004; Michelini, 2008, 2010; Michelini & Coiffet, 2009; Mokyr, 2003; Morris, 2008; Pielke, 2010; Rajan, 2010; Ridley, 2010; Rogers, 2010; Steingart, 2008; Zakaria, 2008), to motivate the eventually sketched technology-steered solving hypothesis. The study organises in three sections:

  • The global outlook, economy-driven approaches, possibly aiming at the hyper-market setting;

  • The no-global outlook, ecology-driven approaches, mainly looking at caution headway paths;

  • The post-global outlook, approaches acknowledging the global/no-global inconsistencies, and in coherence suggesting the altruism path, with linked hyper-democracy vision;

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      Each section providing only introductory comments on, otherwise, well assessed questions.

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      The paper develops questioning looks on the future, imagining the conflicting issues, each based on mutually exclusive socio-political choices:

  • The global consent, permitting the hyper-market setting, with scale-economy effectiveness and the removal of local inefficiencies and position profits;

  • The no-global dissent, aiming at safeguarding the sectional achievements, along autarchy ruling, and the protection of the uncontaminated original (wild) surroundings;

  • The post-global approach, accepting the global village constraints, and devising altruism rules, so that the generations to come could inherit an artificially upgraded surroundings.

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