For one thing, it is based on open source software, not intellectual property. On 101 there are two anti-capitalist factions coming together. We see the dominant ISPs wanting to use the capitalist model to end net neutrality so they can create fast and slow lanes on different fee scales. Focusing on individual material surplus only reinforces our dysfunctional autonomy and represses our empathy. It's a good presentation of current trends. When that provider needs a good or service he can look up another provider and use his stored labor to obtain that service. Wilber is still stuck in both the feudal and market economic and consciousness models. THE NEAR ZERO MARGINAL COST SOCIETY 5: Extreme Productivity, the Internet of Things, and Free Energy 6: 3D Printing: From Mass Production to Production by the Masses 7: MOOCs and a Zero Marginal Cost Education 8: The Last Worker Standing 9: The Ascent of the Prosumer and the Build-out of the Smart Economy PART III THE RISE OF THE COLLABORATIVE COMMONS 10: The Comedy … I expected it to be another book on digital economy. The second industrial revolution emerged when the first was in full swing. One is climate change, the other cyberterrorism. Biologically humans need 2000 – 2500 calories of food per day. I realize this is my choice, but it seems contrary to the author's premise that a collaboration of the commons will eclipse capitalism. Beyond this, goods producible by means of 3D printing may undergo a similar decline in marginal cost. They expect that growing organs and specialized tissues will be commonplace within 10 years.[7]. He notes that all of the above still exist in each of us with different emphases as well as culturally is various degrees depending on context. In the collaborative era knowledge is something to be shared in a community of peers, thereby creating a public good for all. This is also a concern when employers track your personal information in making hiring or firing decisions. More than that has an inverse relationship on happiness. The results were a boom to not only the local but the national economy. It was when property became 'enclosed' that it turned into private ownership. Is it wishful thinking though? Part of the solution is finding the balance of what is enough to make us happy. THE ZERO MARGINAL COST SOCIETY THE INTERNET OF THINGS, THE COLLABORATIVE COMMONS, AND THE ECLIPSE OF CAPITALISM . The collaborative commons as Rifkin describes them offers an alternative and an affordable one at that - owning a solar panel. [3] This mode is still metaphysical in moving from theological to rational justification. Companies like Kickstarter that organize the funding get a small cut, as does Amazon for collecting it. Such a spirit is driven by a need to create newer and better products and services to serve the public, which of course also serves one's own financial interests. The former will slowly subside as the latter rises. Pedagogy is also having students provide services in their local communities, as well as engage in environmental projects. It is being transformed from the authoritarian top-down model where the teacher has all the answers to collaborative learning experiences with teachers as facilitators. And we're seeing exactly this economic philosophy at play with FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposed pay-to-play rules, where the ISP monopolies will destroy internet neutrality. Some very important messages about the new economy that is diluted by uneven reasoning, Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2014. the market will take care of itself. In some cases they are blocking the emergence of a smart grid altogether. And I'm happier than when I made a shitload of money working for a company that had little to no ethics or social concern. It's what Wilber calls the dignity and disaster of the era. Why would not an equilibrium be reached that would allow for monopolies in various economic sectors to have overarching power over the economy - this to the potential quashing of any emerging collaborative commons by brute force and subsequent enclosure of said commons? Granted the complete demise of capitalism is a long way off, it being mixed with the Commons for some time to come. This is because of the exponential growth in RE development, where production prices are dropping and efficiencies are increasing at an accelerating rate much like the PC industry. He fails to make a clear case as to why ever larger economies of scale, as would be manifested by a decreasing number of companies with ever greater monopolistic power and control of the markets, would not occur as a result of the decreasing marginal cost of goods and services. This book clearly describes the radical restructuring of vertical centralized capitalism due to the decentralization of info by the Internet, power by alternative energy and manufacturing by 3d printing. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Hence we need a quick, effective transition to RE to curtail climate change. But overall there is an unmistakable trajectory of greater empathetic embrace. See the chapter for the voluminous details. review rules, and to elect governing officials. It also replaces the notion of scarcity with abundance. He cites the huge success story of the Tennessee Valley Authority, where the government invested in creating a huge hydroelectric plant for these rural areas previously without electricity. But per above we are shifting away from this and sharing our stuff and reconnecting with each other. He concludes that “cooperatives are the only business model that will work in a near zero marginal cost society” (214). In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. Bruce Gibb. It will likely take another 50 for the third revolution to be the dominant player. Backed by ecological and other scientific advances, it is being replaced with the visible systems view of the global eco-social commons and redefining our place within it. Recall that was one of the AI's projects, at first making plants, then human tissues, then organs, then people. Previously learning was thought of as a private, autonomous experience where the knowledge was one's exclusive property, and that one had to hoard it to compete with others for grades and jobs, just as in the capitalist paradigm. This is a review of Jeremy Rifkin's new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism Jeremy Rifkin. He sees for the first time how and why all the worlds stakeholders will come together to solve the problems that can lead the pl, Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2017. Some even keep the time banks confined to their local or regional community, thereby keeping it 'in the family.'. One of the primary requisites for a functioning democracy is an educated, informed and active public, and this new model is 'paving the way'[5] toward that end. Such online classes also cost considerably less than attending universities, sometimes even free, thereby making an education available to a much larger portion of society. It is true that the author discusses issues on digital economy such as, automation, 3d printing, and internet of things leading to near zero marginal cost society. We then moved into agricultural civilization where empathy was extended to one's religious family in theological consciousness. On 55 Rifkin notes that while greed, deregulation and corruption certainly plays a part in what capitalism has become, he also asserts that this structure was a natural process for this sort of communication-energy-consciousness regime that provided a general increase in the standard of living for all. The marginal cost of renewable energy is also near zero. This also applies to the sort of instrumental rationality inherent to 'enclosure' of disciplines of study rather than to interdisciplinary cross-sharing more indicative of Habermas' collaborative, communicative action.