Book Review by Eugene A. Vertlieb
Global Politics Review
Vol. 6, no. 1-2 (2020): 108-113.
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v06_i1-2_p108
Received: August 20, 2020. Accepted: September 4, 2020. Published: October 2, 2020.
Title: Asphatronics: On the Way to the Global Security Theory.
Author: Igor Fedorovich Kefeli
Publisher: The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
Number of Pages: 228.
ABSTRACT: The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into chaos and has revealed the unmanageability of the world order. The very existence of humanity itself is threatened. To resolve the deepest systemic crises, new tools, methods, theories, and methodologies are needed — the creation of a new scientific paradigm — to ensure the peaceful coexistence of peoples in the ecosystem of the planet. While security has traditionally been addressed mainly along separate, narrow disciplines, Professor Igor F. Kefeli, in his Asphatronics: On the Way to the Global Security Theory, summarizes the challenges and threats to the global security system of the sixth technological order, and, most importantly, provides a theoretical basis for achieving security in the face of any manifestation of global danger to humanity. As such, global risks (geopolitical, environmental, economic, social, technological) are countered by applying a kind of “restraining bridle” – a method that reduces them to an acceptable risk level by making use of NBICS (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno-Socio) convergence, the concrete expression of which are critical technologies. This “taming of the recalcitrant electron” — constrained use of technology applied to global security — is a clear advance in systems science and security, and a step forward from cybernetics to asphatronics.
Keywords: Asphatronics, coronavirus, Igor F. Kefeli, global risks, NBICS, cybernetics.