I was just sent this from Amazon.com. Thought it might be of some interest.
"The New Renaissance: Computers and the Next Level of Civilization"
by Douglas S. Robertson
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195121899/ref=ad_cy1 Robertson shows how higher levels of civilization are largely determined by the speed at which information can be relayed. As a result, the communications technology made possible by computers is about to enable human societies to make advances on a previously unimaginable scale. This book draws upon the history of technological innovation, modern scientific and mathematical theory, and examples from Robertson's imagination to depict the scope of coming change as our civilization leaps toward its next level.
Patrick Wilken http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~patrickw/ Editor: PSYCHE: An International Journal of Research on Consciousness Secretary: The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/ http://www.phil.vt.edu/ASSC/