Lively sketches of robotization, bioengineering and telecommunications are joined with a tendentious view of "Europe in decline, Japan in ascendancy, the Soviet empire in disarray and America beginning to distance itself from its Atlantic allies . . . ." There are provocative bits in this jumpy, uneven book-Germany moving East, the need for nationalism in high technology. There are also serious weaknesses, such as the superficial discussion of the difficulties of restructuring the American economy and the failure to talk seriously about the superlumpenproletariat that is predicted.