SNS: What Can Go Wrong: The Top 5 Threats

2014-10-23

Volume 17, Issue 39
Week of October 20, 2014
In This Issue
Feature: What Can Go Wrong: The Top 5 Threats

  • Global Warming
  • Ebola and Other Future Pandemics
  • Economic Manipulations
  • Global Liquidity Expansion
  • The Failure of Self-Government

Quotes of the Week
Takeout Window

  • Can the Earth Survive China? Global CO2 Production
  • Getting to Fusion

Upgrades and Numbers

  • China’s Spider to Apple’s Fly: Will You Walk into My Parlour?

Ethermail
In Case You Missed It…
SNS Members Making News
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mericans are historically and by nature optimists; this is also a fair description of most technology executives. Like many of our members, I would plead guilty to this bias on both counts. Even so, there are more problems than usual afoot in the world, and not without reason. While some would take the relatively ignorant view that all things are relative, nothing changes, and the world is as it always has been, I don’t see things that way. I believe that actions have consequences, and we are currently paying the piper.This is not bad news, as different actions, or actions remedied, can also often turn threats into positive outcomes. But for this to happen, we must first recognize what these threats – and their causes – are. The markets, and the media, are full of fear these days. The best way to overcome fears is to face them, understand them, and then deal with them. Here, then, are what I consider to be the gravest threats facing the world today, and what it would take to turn them around.

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