How an Integrated Eurasian Market Can Promote Biosphere Consciousness and Digital Entrepreneurialism

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This essay is the last in a four-part series on the theme, “The Third Industrial Revolution.” An introduction by Arianna Huffington is available here. Part one is available here. Part two is here. Part three is here. Stay tuned for responses from leading global figures and technologists.

Addressing climate change and healing the biosphere

The upcoming COP 21 United Nations climate conference, scheduled to take place in Paris in December, revolves around a series of benchmarks: an increase in energy efficiency, a reduction of CO2 and other global warming gases and an increase in renewable energies. However, without an economic vision and development plan for transitioning participating nations into a post-carbon era, governments are reluctant to commit their countries to these benchmarks in a period where GDP is slowing, productivity is waning and unemployment remains high. They are far more likely to perceive the benchmarks as punishments that will only serve to further constrict their economies. The nations of the world would be far more likely to make commitments to the U.N. climate conference benchmarks if they were pegged to a new economic paradigm that can increase productivity, create new economic opportunities and put people back to work, ensuring a more vibrant and sustainable society, while transitioning their economies out of carbon-based energies and technologies and into renewable energies. That vision is already taking hold in Germany and other countries.

In a fully digitalized economy, extreme productivity, triggered by the optimization of aggregate efficiency in the managing, powering and moving of economic activity, decreases the amount of information, energy, material resources, labor and logistics necessary to produce, store, distribute, consume and recycle economic goods and services toward near zero marginal cost. The partial shift from ownership to access in a —> Read More