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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change (Unabridged)

by Al Gore

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From the former vice president and #1 New York Times best-selling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything - a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come. Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world: Ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels “Earth Inc.” - an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past.The worldwide digital communications, Internet, and computer revolutions have led to the emergence of “the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people and connects intelligent machines, robots, ubiquitous sensors, and databases. The balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years—from a U.S.-centered system to one with multiple emerging centers of power, from nation-states to private actors, and from political systems to markets. A deeply flawed economic compass is leading us to unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources of topsoil, freshwater, and living species.Genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences revolutions are radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science - and are putting control of ...

Customer Reviews

My god monotone hell!

This should be a huge hit with insomniacs.

Great book

It's nice to hear Al Gore narrate this himself. I bought the Ebook first, but the audiobook appealed to me since my eyes get tired after working on computers all day. Had to laugh at another review here about this audiobook being a hit with insomniacs, since I listened to this book before falling asleep for weeks straight. It gives me an ASMR reaction, very pleasant, especially ironic since the subject matter deals with some worrisome facts.

I didn't find Al Gore to be too monotone, I found the audiobook engaging. If he hadn't taken the time to narrate it himself I wouldn't have bought it. He obviously has sincere convictions about directions humanity is going, but lays out his research in a nonpartisan way that often doesn't force conclusions, leaving the reader to put together the big picture.

The book is quite dense with information, and also notably quite current. A bunch of research and findings he cites occurred impressively close to publication.

A lot of care and thought went into this book, and it is well written and narrated. I really enjoyed it.

Great book, boring narration

Al's got a golden heart, a towering intellect, great writing, but... Booooring speaking style.

Al Gore, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Al Gore
  • Published: 2013
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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