For most of us, Society 3.0 is in the future – possibly in the distant future. But, for a few people leading the change toward this proto-paradigm, it is very real. Three drivers are leading us to the formation of Society 3.0, which describes a world that is somewhere between “just around the corner” and “just beyond the horizon” of today’s state-of-the-art:
- Accelerating technological and social change;
- Continuing globalization and horizontalization of knowledge and relationships; and,
- Innovation society fueled by knowmads.
Kurzweil (1999) postulates a theory he labels the Law of Accelerating Returns to describe the evolutionary process that leads to accelerating technological and social change:
As order exponentially increases, time exponentially speeds up (that is, the time interval between salient events grows shorter as time passes).