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The Rise of Anti-Capitalism

The Rise of Anti-Capitalism | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"A formidable new technology infrastructure — the Internet of Things — is emerging with the potential to push much of economic life to near zero marginal cost over the course of the next two decades."

Willy De Backer's insight:

As always, super-optimist Rifkin is great at analysing new trends in the global economy, but totally misjudges the negative implications. This is the guy who predicted the age of the "European Dream". Look where Europe is now! So by all means, read this NY Times article but put off your rosy glasses.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 16, 2014 1:31 PM

Perhaps this era of free manufacture will break the current economic system (assuming that the businesses don't attempt to break it).

 

It still won't change the attitude with regards to money, society and the environment that's proving so caustic to our whole world.

 

This will be interesting to watch.

 

Think about it.

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Les émissions de CO2 liées à Internet polluent autant que l'avion

Les émissions de CO2 liées à Internet polluent autant que l'avion | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"La pollution générée par Internet devient un réel problème. Si les données semblent virtuelles, leur transit entre serveurs est pourtant bien concret et polluerait autant que l’industrie aérienne, selon de récentes études. Des chercheurs élaborent de nouveaux modèles d'échange d'information afin de trouver un moyen de réduire au mieux l'empreinte carbone d’Internet."

Willy De Backer's insight:

Climate footprint of the Internet is as big as the impact from aviation and growing. Time to rethink some false stories of the virtualisation of our economies - same myth as the paperless office was.

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