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Harari on the invention of Agriculture

Quora question: Was the agricultural revolution in 10,000 BC really bad, as explained by Yuval Noah Harari in the book sapiens? In my view, the agricultural revolution was the Genesis of the contemporary world. Yes and yes. The issue is that the immediate impact of agriculture was a reduction in the quality and length of […]

Eschaton: Capital in the 21st Century

People are talking about Capital in the Twenty-First Century Author: Thomas Piketty, Translator: Gabriel Zucman. The author maintains that the main driver of inequality–the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth–today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. Here’s my comment on the discussion at […]

Part VII: Conclusion and Implications

The introduction to this part starts with a challenge issued by my sister to rewrite the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights today looking through the lens of information revolutions. What has become clear in the discussion of information revolutions is that the United States has been in the forefront of innovation. The […]

Part VI: The Digital World

The digital revolution, like the electric information revolution has technological waves – mainframes, personal computers, and the internet. Like the telegraph, mainframes needed specialists to operate it. Personal computers brought computers to common folk. And, the internet, like the telephone, is interactive and is becoming available to all. Like the electric information revolution, each technological […]

Part III – The Fall of Rome: One Step Back Two Steps Forward?

This part of the book presents an entirely new perspective on the fall of Rome – that Rome became ungovernable because the government had reached the information limit of writing and the tripartite elite form of organization. As a consequence of the fall of Rome, information ownership and control changed. The winners in this information […]

Strategy + Business Interview: A Long-Wave Theory on Today’s Digital Revolution

Recently, I sat down with Art Kleiner to discuss the ideas explored in this blog and in my upcoming book. I’m excited and grateful that Strategy+Business just posted the interview, A Long-Wave Theory on Today’s Digital Revolution. (You’ll have to register- for free – to read the interview. Do it – well worth it, for […]