The Third Industrial Revolution offers the hope that we can arrive at a sustainable post-carbon era by mid-century. What this exponential curve does isn't going to go away. He has also testified before numerous congressional committees, and since 1994, Mr. You know, some of it's capitalism's trying to absorb into it, like Uber. Ponder his premise, and think fresh and open thoughts on the Why of economic and social change. Here's what I would say to America: We lost the idea that infrastructure requires a partnership, a social market economy.
That's the key, new infrastructure. . When we change energy regimes, it makes possible much more complex economic relations. He got 3 billion people to watch his video. His thinking on the 6th Extinction, lock-in to old economic chains of communication, transportation and logistics, and energy is enlightening.
So young people are starting to empathize with each other through Facebook across the globe. She asked me to come there and help her address the question of how to grow the German economy on her watch. I don't know how Jimmy Wales came up with it. His monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian in the U. However, a great thing about America is that once the younger generation captures this story, the country will move fast and lead the rest of the world.
I have been working on environmental issues since the 1970s. It's real human beings who have to put up the wind turbines, the solar panels and all of that. We use a similar organizational model to the one used in the film industry. At the same time we established public schools in Europe and America. The evolving Internet of Things will allow conventional businesses enterprises, as well as millions of prosumers, to make and distribute their own renewable energy, use driverless electric and fuel-cell vehicles in automated car-sharing services and manufacture an increasing array of 3-D-printed physical products and other goods at very low marginal cost in the market exchange economy, or at near zero marginal cost in the Sharing Economy, just as they now do with information goods. Elena Holodny: Let's start with the basics. We've democratized the knowledge of the world in less than 16 years and the accuracy is good because this is a commons.
Archived from on March 25, 2012. The book was a New York Times best-seller, and has been translated into 19 languages. When these five pillars come together, they make up an indivisible technological platform--an emergent system whose properties and functions are qualitatively different from the sum of its parts. So the IoT, you know what it is, so they're sending big data. Rifkin also shows the pathway for other countries to coallece into a world-wide, new movement of sharing rather than exploitation. That data's not just going to a mysterious thing called the cloud.
Then they put the steam engine on rails for transportation. Rifkin, his staff, and a growing number of highly placed collaborators in both industry and government offices have been at work since the publication of the book in 2011 helping to develop custom-tailored regional plans consistent with this vision. More to the point, the European Union is virtually alone among the governments of the world in asking the big questions about our future viability as a species on Earth. The economic argument in this book gives me optimism that despite regressive politics, the sheer economic sense of embracing the Third Industrial Revolution will steamroll through and establish itself throughout the world, even in places such as North Korea and Australia. History is riddled with examples of great societies that collapsed, promising social experiments that withered, and visions of the future that never saw the light of day. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! In other words, you had to put it all together.
Solar and wind are now cheaper in many places than some fossil fuels and within the next two years, three, four, five years at the most. This creation of a new energy regime, loaded by buildings, partially stored in the form of hydrogen, distributed via an energy internet, and connected to plug-in zero emission transport, established the five essential pillars of a Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure. He is both a realist, and, if at least one of his many books can be believed, an optimist. To grasp the enormity of the economic change taking place, we need to understand the technological forces that have given rise to new economic systems throughout history. Can any reasonable person believe for a moment that such unprecedented power is without substantial risk? Jeremy Rifkin: Let me just put context on this first. My read on history is that the great economic revolutions occur when two phenomena come together.
In the United States, he has testified before numerous congressional committees and has had success in litigation to ensure responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues. We could soon enter the sixth great extinction of life on Earth, and it may take 10 million years to get life back. The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. There is no inevitability to the human sojourn. And the marginal costs is sending that music on the web is near zero. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.