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X-Events: Complexity Overload and the Collapse of Everything
by John L. Casti
HarperCollins, $15 trade paperback, $10 Kindle, 336pp
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Casti is a mathematician and systems theorist who co-founded the Vienna think tank The X-Center. His thesis is that the interdependent complexity of modern civilization makes cascading failures possible, leading to the end of civilization as we know it. Eleven possible case-scenarios cover: Internet failure, global food supply, electromagnetic pulse, globalization collapse, exotic physics particles, nuclear arms destabilization, oil supply, pandemic, electric and water supply, intelligent robots, and financial collapse. Boy, talk about far-fetched science fiction – when was the last time you heard anyone mention something like financial collapse as a real possibility? Oh, 2008? Well, let me pick another case then… ~~ Mike Griffin
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