The Cybernetic Revolution and the Forthcoming Epoch of Self-Regulating Systems

The Cybernetic Revolution and the Forthcoming Epoch of Self-Regulating Systems

Moscow: Moscow branch of Uchitel Publishing House, 2016. – 216 pp.
Authors: Grinin, Leonid; Grinin, Anton L.
ISBN 978-5-7057-4877-8

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The monograph presents the ideas about the main changes that occurred in the development of technologies from the emergence of Homo sapiens till present time and outlines the prospects of their development in the next 30–60 years and in some respect until the end of the twenty-first century.

What determines the transition of a society from one level of development to another? One of the most fundamental causes is the global technological transformations. Among all major technological breakthroughs in history the most important are three production revolutions: 1) the Agrarian Revolution; 2) the Industrial Revolution; and 3) the Cybernetic one. The book introduces the theory of production revolutions which is a new valuable explanatory paradigm that analyzes causes and trends of dramatic shifts in historical process. The authors describe the course of technological transformations in history and demonstrate a possible application of the theory to explain the present and forthcoming technological changes. They analyze the technological shifts which took place in the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and forecast the main shifts in the next half a century. On this basis the authors present a detailed analysis of the latest production revolution which is denoted as ‘Сybernetic’. They make some predictions about its development in the nearest five decades and up to the end of the twenty-first century and show that the development of various self-regulating systems will be the main trend of this revolution. The authors argue that the transition to the starting final phase of the Cybernetic Revolution (in the 2030–2040s) will first occur in the field of medicine (in some its innovative branches). In future we will deal with the started convergence of innovative technologies which will form the system of MANBRIC-technologies (i.e. the technological paradigm based on medicine, additive, nano- and bio- technologies, robotics, IT and cognitive technologies). The monograph gives an outline of the future breakthroughs in medicine and some other technologies (between the 2010s and 2070s).


Introduction. Between Human and Post-Human Revolutions or What Future is Awaiting Us? (Full text) 5

Chapter 1. Global Technological Transformations: Theory and History (Full text) 15

Chapter 2. The Characteristics and the Logic of the Cybernetic Revolution. MANBRIC-Technologies (Full text) 41

Chapter 3. Medicine in the Cybernetic Revolution: Medicine and Medical Technologies as a Breakthrough to Control Over Human Body (Full text) 61

Chapter 4. Biotechnologies within the Cybernetic Revolution: Biotechnologies and Creation of Self-Regulating Systems (Full text) 87

Chapter 5. Nanotechnologies as the Way to Mastering the Microworld (Full text) 103

Chapter 6. Robotics and Other Technologies in the Cybernetic Revolution (Full text)116

Afterword. Threats and Risks of the Future World of Self-Regulating Systems (Full text) 134

Appendix 1. Some Issues in the Theory of Historical Process (Full text)146

Appendix 2. Mathematical Interpretation of Historical Process (Full text) 152

Appendix 3. The Sixth Kondratieff Wave and the Cybernetic Revolution (Full text) 163

References (Full text) 173

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