With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, Al Gore surveys our planet’s coming days and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast. In this book, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world like how ever-increasing economic globalization has led to the emergence of what he labels “Earth Inc.”, an integrated holistic entity with a new and different relationship to capital, labor, consumer markets, and national governments than in the past. How worldwide digital communications revolutions have led to the emergence of “the Global Mind,” which links the thoughts and feelings of billions of people. How the balance of global political, economic, and military power is shifting more profoundly than at any time in the last five hundred years. And how genomic, biotechnology, neuroscience, and life sciences research is radically transforming the fields of medicine, agriculture, and molecular science.