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January 8th, 2008
Globalization, rapid technological change and communications interconnectivity are changing the world's business environment at an unprecedented pace, all in the face of huge political, social and environmental uncertainty. In this environment there is great potential for good as well as bad outcomes, according to Keith Mackrell, Governor of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science and Founder & President Emeritus of Enterprise LSE, speaking at a luncheon yesterday arranged by the European Chamber of Commerce Taipei (ECCT).
The synthesis of communications technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology has the potential to produce a world free of disease and even a "work free" world but there are a number of concerns that threaten a favourable outcome: Huge and rising disparities in wealth could lead to uncontrollable social unrest while changing demographics with the accompanying ageing of societies is changing the nature of the work force.
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