Surviving The Century — and the Post-human Future Beyond… A growing and more demanding population imposes an ever heavier footprint on the planet. Bio and cyber technologies offer huge benefit — but may run away faster than we can cope with them. So we’ll have a bumpy ride through this century. “Space-ship Earth” is hurtling through the void. Its passengers are anxious and fractious. Their life-support system is vulnerable to disruption and break-downs.