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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:58 PM

TEDx - "Economics of the Information Revolution"

Some of this reminds me a bit too much of the old Wired/late-90s "the information age is going to Change Everything(tm) and make us all entrepeneurs" meme cloud.

However, his observations were interesting about how the major point of inflection for the industrial age lagged the official start of the industrial age by a few generations, and how the information age is only now about to start its point of inflection, as the right pieces finally come together. Maybe.

I also liked his point that if we're really going to live in a world where most employment is short-term (as contrasted with the 20th century model of working at one corporation for most of your career for a pension, etc), then we need socialized benefits. Testify.

Anybody who's ever hung out in the E/E forum will know I balk utterly at the idea that information is a replacement for energy or resources. His observations about reducing certain kinds of transactional friction seem valid, at least in principle. And the idea that the information age could increase the richness and variety in the ways we use energy and resources seems plausible to me, although it says nothing at all about the problems we're approaching with the total rate at which human activity consumes them.


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