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- Listening Length: 18 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 29, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AWECVOM
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Our world is becoming increasingly integrated and complex, and changing faster and faster. Out of the morass of elements involved here, Al Gore identifies 6 themes or factors that are emerging as the major drivers of change. The factors are 1) Work: the movement of labor from West to East (outsourcing); and, at the same time, a shift towards much more automation (robosourcing); 2) Communications: the rise of the internet that has led to a wild proliferation of information, and the ability of the world's population to instantly connect with one another for a host of purposes--and the increasing reach of the internet from the developed to the developing world; 3) Power: the shifting of power from West to East; and, at the same time, the shifting of power from national governments to smaller players, such as businesses and corporations, but also rogue players, such as guerrilla and terror organizations; 4) Demographics: the enormous increase in the world's population, and the movement of peoples both within and across national borders (as the result of numerous factors); 5) Biotechnology: the increasing manipulation of DNA to produce not only new organisms with novel features, but new materials and fuels as well, and 6) Climate Change: the increase in world temperatures caused by the continuing build-up of CO2, as well as the numerous other climate effects that this entails.Read more ›
1)A deeply interconnected global economy.
2)Planet-wide electronics linking to rapidly expanding volumes of data, ubiquitous sensors throughout the world, and intelligent devices and robots.
3)A new balance of political, economic, and military power that is shifting influence from West to East, from wealthy to emerging states, from political systems to markets, and from nation-states to private actors.
4)Rapid unsustainable growth in population, water and other natural resource consumption, and pollution - all guided by a distorted set of economic metrics (eg. 'quarterly capitalism,' GDP).
5)A new set of biochemical, genetic, and materials science technologies enabling us to alter plants, animals, and ourselves, as well as create new materials.
6)New relationships between humans and the Earth's ecology.
One of the most interesting sections was Gore's treatment of the new economy and its impact on the U.S. and the developed world. He contends we don't recognize the employment impact of automation (3D-printing and much cheaper and easier to program robots are the latest developments), 'self-sourcing' - eg. ordering items from the Internet instead of interacting with clerks, and outsourcing to other nations - eventually these trends will challenge the role of labor in the economy of the future.Read more ›
The part I liked best focused on how globalization and especially technology are transforming the economy and labor markets. Gore divides this into outsourcing and "robosourcing" (what he calls replacement of jobs by smart machines and robots). Unlike others who feel today's technology is just a continuation of what has come before, Gore sees it as a totally new force with dramatic (and often negative) consequences for workers.
As he points out, advanced information technology is a major driver of inequality. As machines are able to do more work, capital is worth more relative to labor. He notes that in the United States, "50 percent of capital gains to to the top one thousandth of one percent." (For more on technology transforming the job market, I would also recommend The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future, which all about how robots and AI will affect jobs).
Beyond this Gore takes on the other trends. For example, he is very optimistic about the global connectivity allowed by technology, calling it the "global mind." Gore seems to think this we lead to more collaboration and emerging consensus on big political issues. But there is plenty of reason to be skeptical... In the U.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read it when it came out and gave it to someone else to read. Had to buy a second copy to review some of the things Gore predicted, which are coming to fruition at this date.Published 2 months ago by Patsy Crow King
I would have preferred less facts and more analysis of the facts.
Easy reading. Book includes footnotes in the back but no numbers within the text.
Eye opening book! One of the reasons why I am actively campaigning against factories that emit polluted waste materials. Great read!Published 3 months ago by Mullins
This book provided excellent outlook insightful and extraordinary knowledge of global change and the future.Published 6 months ago by Lewis G
I think this book reveals how great the tragedy that he did not serve as the U.S. President. Driving through rural America with my wife, many hours of driving resulted in hearing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by netvisitorutah
Although Al Gore's writing style, with its long sentences, takes a bit of perseverance, he does present many interesting facts and viewpoints about the world we live in. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Writer/Reader
Good advice. Too bad too it is not been taken up seriously enough to save human life on our plundered planet.Published 10 months ago by Donald A. Collins
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