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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism Hardcover – 1 Apr 2014


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137278463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137278463
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Birolli on 1 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I am posting this on the bases not only of reading this, but to counterbalance the ridiculous earlier comment.

This book details and explores fundamental shifts in the socio-economic sphere. The author delves into many of the recent and emerging trends we see such as crowd funding and explains how they work and what they mean for the rest of us.

Books like this sit astride the boundary between economic theory and social commentary thereby bringing underlying concepts and principles into focus and explaining them to us.

Its cogently written and interesting to economists and the general public. I am not an economist and find it helpful to have explained and contextualised recent developments on the web and in society at large.

I found the book interesting and forward looking much as Natural Capital was in 2000.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Neylan on 3 Jun 2014
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As a society, visions of utopia are very out of fashion; there are plenty of reasons to be despondent about the state of the world today and pessimistic about the future. But it is also easy to forget the great progress there has been for a large section of the human population in the last 50 years and this continues.

Zero Margin Cost is the cost of producing an extra item or service after the capital costs are covered. We have had glimpses of the ZMC society with the emergence of the information internet and peer to peer file sharing which has changed the financial relationship of artist and audience, producer and consumer. The Zero Margin Cost being the cost of replicating and distributing a film, audio track, book or piece of software. We are in the first phases of this shift in technology and Rifkin maps this out into the Third Industrial Revolution, TIR, based upon his analysis of the First and Second Industrial revolutions. He posits that to have an industrial revolution there needs to be a step change in communications, transport and energy. The information internet is here with mobile and wi-fi connectivity; renewable energy is also coming on stream but not linked to the extent of the communication internet and transport lagging behind. This Internet of Things integrates all of the building blocks for the ZMC society to ultimately transform Capitalism by removing the profit motive as society is forced to focus more on efficiency, thermodynamic efficiency, rather than being able to control the markets as is the case at the end of the Second Industrial period that we are now in. Capitalism out competing itself no less.
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The core idea in this book is that each economic age is defined by its communication, energy production and manufacturing systems. From horse and cart, through canals and trains to trucks. From man power through watermills, windmills, coal and oil. Rifkin then paints a fairly convincing picture of the next age defining technologies. Peer to peer communication on the internet, smart grid controlled locally produced renewable energy, 3d printers, laser cutters etc.

The problem is that is pretty much the whole substance of the book, making a prediction that existing growing technologies will see increasing uptake in the future isn't particularly exciting. The entire book is a brimming with fantastical claims about the future that have no research to back them up and mundane facts carefully referenced. There is also far too much self promotion, name dropping and references to Rifkin's consultancy work for my liking.

The book would be 5 star if he had done any actual research to backup his claims, for example what combination of cost/resolution/durability is needed for 3d printing manufacture to equal a cheap run of 5000 units knocked together in some outsourced factory? How much do people value the increased customization of this sort style of manufacturing vs traditional factory runs?

Without answering any interesting new questions this book was to me largely fluff, although it merits a 2nd star for at least being fluff on an interesting topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tobie Glenny on 20 Jun 2014
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It explains the history of capitalism over the last 200 years and why the logic of capitalism is approaching its end game. How new technology is facilitating the emergence of a new more collaborative culture; that is both socially and ecologically more inclusive. A clear, incisive book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. C. Adkins on 14 Jun 2014
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Another excellent book on the economy with an alternative slant on the issues that face society. A good read for anyone interested in alternative ways forward for us all.
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