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A number of tendencies that present very serious problems and that may, in the relatively near future, cause us even greater difficulties. The question of the industrial and economic consequences of new technologies, with examples and consequences. The problems with the "era of rising expectations." The changed relationship between the raw material producing countries of the world and the raw material consuming countries. The role of oil prices. The international banking system. The relationship between the developing and the developed world. The Brandt Commission Report. Canada's future role.