Human beings continue to shed strong personal bonds for multiple virtual ones.
Digital natives under 25 now see the online world as the real one and the real world an ungainly reflection.
Collaborative commons, “sharing at cost”, is slowly overtaking for-profit capitalism.
Hotels are laying off minority workers as AirBnB soars.
Newspapers, magazines and books cannot compete with the zero marginal cost of a free copy made right on your phone.
Goods and services are increasingly free, paid in scant attention--less than 10 seconds---instead of cash.
Almost half the world is now sending data to each other at near zero cost:
Videos, music, film, arts, news, entertainment and knowledge are all being enjoyed with no barrier.
Free was supposed to lead us to pay for a premium version but that isn’t happening.
With limited time and so much available free
we have no compelling reason to pay anymore.
This is beginning to influence the analog world.
Soon we’ll be producing our own renewable energy and using personal, near-free energy to 3-D-print products from free internet-distributed plans, products we would have otherwise purchased.
As home manufacturing grows more sophisticated,
industrial employment will tank.
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