The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World

The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World


By (author) James Bradfield Moody, By (author) Bianca Nogrady

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  • Publisher: Vintage (Australia)
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Milsons Point
  • ISBN 10: 1741668891
  • ISBN 13: 9781741668896
  • Sales rank: 223,943

Product description

Making predictions about the future is a dangerous game, particularly when that future has never looked more uncertain. Natural resources are dwindling and we are wasting the resources we do have at an unparalleled rate. Climate change threatens our way of life and digital technology is advancing at such a rate as to leave many of us baffled. But far from being all "doom and gloom," these signs point to the emergence of an exciting new wave of innovation. Throughout modern history, the tide of innovation and progress has ebbed and flowed but a clear pattern exists--five waves of innovation, beginning with the Industrial Revolution, have each transformed society, economies, and industry. The fifth wave was dominated by information and communications technology but its peak is beginning to fade and a new, brighter star is emerging. The sixth wave of innovation will be about resources--natural resources, human resources, and information. With the challenge of a planet running out of essential supplies and a population staring down the barrel of Malthus' dire predictions, the sixth wave will see humanity finally make the break away from resource-dependence. Economic growth will no longer be tied to resource consumption or waste production (such as carbon) and industry will no longer think in terms of products but in terms of services. Everything, from the smallest leaf and light switch to the largest cities and online communities, will have a value that can be measured, so nothing is ever wasted. Driving this will be a spectacular boom in technologies ranging from clean technology to digital mapping to online collaboration. Traditional physical and geographical boundaries will mean nothing in a world where everything and everyone is online. This book is for anyone who is interested in understanding how all of the massive changes in the world fit together, in particular those who wish to understand and take advantage of the changes that are occurring around us. This is a business book, a motivational book, a popular science title, a bold prediction, and a roadmap for the future all in one.

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Author information

James Bradfield Moody is the general manager, international development for the Australian research organization CSIRO. In 2000, he was named Young Professional Engineer of the Year and was also awarded Young Queenslander of the Year and the following year he was awarded Young Australian of the Year in Science and Technology. He was chosen by Engineers Australia to be one of the top 100 most influential engineers in Australia and in 2007 named by "Boss Magazine" as one of their young executives of the year. Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science and medical writer and broadcaster. She writes for publications including the "Australian," "Australian Doctor," and "Scientific American."