"On January 5, 1995, the Third Wave came to American democracy
in the form of 'Thomas,' the Library
of Congress' on-line system that allows every citizen to access copies
of legislation, committee reports and other congressional documents. During
the first four days of operation, 28,000 individuals and 2,500 institutions
used Thomas to download 175,132 documents. In fact, more citizens accessed
Thomas over a twenty-four hour period than normally use the Library of
Congress in a week." Newt Gingrich, from the forward of CREATING A NEW CIVILIZATION; Alvin
and Heidi Toffler, 1995
In what ways can the 21st century enterprise encourage the kind of
entrepreneurial use of technology that allows transformation to happen
on a daily basis?
were some problems, of course, when it came to publishing what amounted
to a brief for a whole new technology, especially one that started at the
molecular level and built up, creating molecular computers, cell-repair
machines, and all the other miracle devices. The main problem was, how
did you make such technology believable? . . . the various technical hurdles
involved, which, to the chorus of cynics that was undoubtedly out there,
would be daunting enough all by themselves. Every scientific and technical
advance was at first greeted by a vast battalion of naysayers, pessimists,
and professional doubters." NANO; Ed Regis, 1995
When is it important for the public to influence designs in technology
such as this?
Tim May's eyes a digital tape is a weapon as potent and subversive as a
shoulder-mounted Stinger missile. . . a $9.95 digital audio tape, or DAT
. . . just slightly fatter than an ordinary cassette - contains a copy
of Mozart equivalent in fidelity to a conventional digital compact disc.
DAT can hold text as easily as music. If the data is smartly compressed,
one DAT purchased at K-Mart can hold about 10,000 books in digital form.
One DAT can also completely cloak a smaller library of information interleaved
within the music. Not only can the data be securely encrypted within a
digital tape, but . . . a computer hard disk's-worth of coded information
could be made to disappear inside an ordinary digital tape of Michael Jackson's
Thriller." OUT OF CONTROL; Kevin Kelly, 1994
Could scenarios such as this significantly change the nature of power
and control of big governments and corporations within the next 20 years?
new information and communication technologies have both increased the
volume and accelerated the flow of activity at every level of society.
The compression of time requires quicker responses and faster decision
making to remain competitive. In the emerging nanosecond culture, the traditional
control and coordination functions of management are woefully slow and
utterly incapable of responding, in real time, to the speed and volume
of information coming into the organization." THE END OF WORK; Jeremy Rifkin, 19954
Performing at optimal levels, how much longer will an industrial based,
top down command and control organization be able to operate as a profitable
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