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Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be created and how it will change our lives [ Alvin Since the mids, Alvin and Heidi Toffler have predicted the far- reaching Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers. “Alvin and Heidi Toffler show no signs of losing touch with the bleeding edge or slowing down. Their book is loaded with bits of intelligence.” —USA TODAY. Alvin Toffler, Heidi Toffler, Revolutionary, Wealth, Knowledge, the economy of the future in his new book called "Revolutionary Wealth." Alvin.
I was also a bit disappointed with the content given the title. It's an exciting time to be alive. The future is going to be better and more impressive than anything we've ever seen. The book did a good job assembling its facts but does a poor job remaining objective.
It is very clear in its opinion that people who choose to farm for a living are "backward. This book is very optimistic abou The whole book in summary: Things are rapidly changing, and all change is good.
This book is very optimistic about the future and praises all the scientific advancements of today and tomorrow.
I found the optimism to be depressing because I don't think all this new technology is a good thing. Why are scientists wasting their time, energy, and money on things like exploring the inner workings of a grain of rice when there are much more important problems to solve in our society that don't require expensive technology?
We have poverty, shootings, wars, corruption, poor education, drugs, teen pregnancy, pollution, an increasingly chronically sick population, extreme income inequality, fossil fuels running out, a Texas-sized garbage patch in the middle of the ocean, epidemics of obesity, autism, diabetes, etc.
Instead of inventing fancy new unnecessary junk, we should be trying to solve the problems of our world that should be even easier to solve.
The book also acts like the wonderful "third wave" of wealth service economy, developed countries, computerized is the fate of every country as each country continues to develop and become more westernized. Farming was the first wave, and industrialism was the second wave. But the "developed countries" cannot survive without some other country farming their food and manufacturing their products. In order to keep our selfish third wave way of life, other countries have to remain undeveloped and poor to feed our endless consumerism.
Example of this biased optimism about the future: A family eating together used to be the norm. That was so rigid and prisonlike. Nowadays "schedules are so individualized.
Now it's a pile of urban blight. But let's get excited about all the manufacturing happening in China! Let's not think about the probable possibility that it could meet the same fate as Cleveland!
China used to be filled with "extreme peasant misery"! Now it's so much better!
Now it's filled with factory worker misery! At least the peasants could eat what they grew. Whether on a farm or in a factory, they're still poor. Factory work is worse because you don't own the fruit of your labor.
You're working for someone else on someone else's terms, and you don't even get to keep what you make. Factory work may pay more, but that doesn't make it better.
China is guilty of many humans rights abuses, and still we trade with them.
The book criticizes people who glorify pre-industrial villages--"conveniently forgetting the lack of privacy, the sexism, and the narrow-minded local tyrants and bigots so often found in real villages. Many say our president is a tyrant. And is privacy really so much better here? There are cameras everywhere, and the Internet makes people's private lives public for the whole world to see! How about leaving distant villages alone and let them manage their own affairs?
The only reason developed nations like ours want to "globalize" is to exploit more cheap labor and natural resources from their land. The book calls the economy we're in now a "knowledge" economy, I suppose just because of the Internet.
Seems to ignore the fact that the Internet is usually not used for gathering information, but for stupid stuff like sharing personal photos and looking at porn and exchanging pointless text messages. The authors want us to think this is a great thing, but it's really not. And those kind of jobs require sooo much more knowledge than factory work or farming?
The majority of workers are in low paid jobs that don't require much knowledge at all. IQ is dropping. The book seems to also think it's a good thing if some gadget can store all information and memories for a person so that "pupils will need to memorize nothing," because that could be great for Alzheimer's patients.
Yeah, but what about all the younger people who are supposed to go to school to learn things?! The book discounts philosophical wisdom from Aristotle and Plato, just because they believed in unrelated incorrect "facts" of their day. Just because a person was incorrect about something doesn't mean that everything that person ever said or thought was wrong and worthless. The book is about revolutionary wealth--knowledge.
The only kind of knowledge I see making people rich is the knowledge to manipulate others to believe lies. Other elements are brought up in the volume which were notably absent from the volume and even the sequel Powershift. The question of world political unification is returned to: As they point out, there are other kinds of entities religious organizations, NGOs , businesses, labor unions that would have to be included in a world as heterogeneous as ours. More significantly, the idea of a mass settlement into outer space is finally entertained.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Revolutionary Wealth Cover of the hardcover edition. Retrieved from " https: Knopf books Books by Alvin Toffler Futurology books.
Hidden categories: Both terms are used in the book to explain the concept of wealth, how it is acquired by individuals as well as nations and how it will eventually change all of our lives.
According to Chapter 3 in the Tofflers book, wealth is anything that fulfills needs or wants Toffler, The earliest people were nomadic hunters, having to hunt and kill to survive. With the discovery of agriculture, people could grow some of their own food and maybe even have a little left over to store for more difficult times. They were not as dependent on what they could find immediately.
This surplus allowed the nobles to create a type of wealth system and allowed them to hire commoners for their own entertainment and enjoyment. The authors consider this the First Wave of Wealth Toffler, This period brought about the Industrial Revolution and created an even bigger system of wealth both in the United States and other countries as well.
Toffler Alvin. The Third Wave
The third and current type of wealth system, which the authors focus most of the book on, is the emphasis on knowledge and information, rather than industrial production, what Rubin would call the information infrastructure Rubin, With the advent of each wave of wealth, the first spread across the world so that in some countries today, a piece of each system can be found functioning all at the same time.
In the United States, the third wave wealth system is increasingly based on serving, thinking, knowing and experiencing Toffler, Today on earth, there are more than million computers one for every seven or eight human beings. The number of Internet users worldwide is estimated at between million and one billion people. The structure of knowledge is rapidly growing and changing, not just in the United States but all over the world.
Rubin calls it an information cycle Rubin, Along with the information from all of these sources comes a large amount of misinformation which the public must filter through. According to Rubin, Knowledge is sometimes used synonymously with information, but it is also defined as a cohesive body of information, or information that is integrated into a larger body of knowledge. That is, it is a body of interrelated information Rubin, This goes along with what we discussed in class about making sure that the information we as information professionals provide to our clients becomes the particular type of knowledge they are seeking.
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Along with the amount of information comes the speed with which that knowledge is available. The Tofflers devote an entire chapter to the importance of speed.The only reason developed nations like ours want to "globalize" is to exploit more cheap labor and natural resources from their land.
If I volunteer at my local library to reshelve books, I am a prosumer. The book does not mention 24 hour libraries although it does talk about searching online databases which are available at many metropolitan libraries. The other side of the spectrum concerns making entire categories of knowledge off-limits to research.
Heidi Toffler is a writer and strategic adviser, best known for her authorial collaborations with her late husband, Alvin.
Writing with the same insight and clarity that made their earlier books bestsellers, the Tofflers present fresh, groundbreaking new ways of thinking about wealth.
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