The Third Industrial Revolution, Like Moore’s Law, Is a Guide to the Future

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As an informed reader of The WorldPost, if you viewed Jeremy Rifkin’s articles on the “Third Industrial Revolution,” you may have read seriously and given some thought to the premises and projections for a few moments. You may have just skimmed. You may have thought, “Interesting, but just another projection of the future that’s jamming the Internet and talk television.” Or, “So what, another prophet is reading the tea leaves to predict the future.”

Whatever your initial thoughts, you then got on with your life, worrying about the kids, planning your day, going to work, taking care of all manner of today things. If you run a business, you went on worrying about cash flow, keeping customers happy and employees engaged and on track — and if there was time, planning prudently to invest and build for the future. If you are in government, you were swamped with meetings and generally trying to get things done through the myriad of mazes that is government bureaucracy.

So, the question is, the Third Industrial Revolution … so what!?

The “so what” of it is that this is only the third time in human history when there has been a confluence of radically more capable technologies in energy, propulsion and communications, enabling not only new, but revolutionary new forms of human endeavor, new products serving peoples’ needs and desires, new businesses and new social models. When enabling fundamentals such as the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution converge, ideas spawn and connect. People experiment. New ideas breed even newer and better ideas. Things reorganize. The world changes.

The last time such a major confluence of enablers happened is called the Industrial Revolution in textbooks. But, in truth, it was one of only two such —> Read More