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Finally, for any country in this group that resolves to strengthen homeland security and public safety, rural wireless communications, rapid bioassays, filters and catalysts, and cheap autonomous housing could all help toward this end. Rural wireless communications would allow law enforcement and emergency response personnel to collect information from remote locations to prevent or respond to terror attacks, internal insurgencies, and disasters. Personnel on the scene would also be able to rapidly transfer information about the incident and response to local authorities. Rapid bioassays could help experts determine types of infections resulting from attacks, along with appropriate response measures. Filters and catalysts would provide potable water when water supplies are not safe. Cheap autonomous housing could provide tem-porary living quarters for relief workers and people made homeless by an incident. It might also permit classes of chronically ill or formerly untreatable individuals to join the workforce. Wearable computers could enable patients or their doctors to continuously monitor patients’ health status. Along with the relevant applications obtainable by countries lower on the development ladder, ubiquitous information access would also contribute to improving public health at this level of S&T capacity. Over the next 15 years, certain countries will possess vastly different S&T capacities. They will also vary considerably in the institutional, human, and physical capacity required to develop drivers for implementing technology applications and overcome barriers. Consequently, the global technology revolution will play out quite differently among nations. For scientifically lagging and developing countries, implementing technology applications to address problems and issues will not be primarily about technology, or even S&T capacity. • Use of resources and environmental health: Availability and accessibility of natural resources, concerns about pollution and its impact on humans, and social attitudes and politics about conservation and preserving land and wildlife.