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Brilliant description of social trends in current society caused by rapidly developing digital technology
on 13 May 2017
This is an economists view of the effect of the latest digital technologies on the economy. They characterise the current revolution as a second machine age with the first being the application of steam power to industrial processes started by James Watt with a long consequent tail of dependent innovations that ran right through to the twentieth century changing society, work and economy. The analysis is a bit cumbersome. As engineers we are used to putting concepts from disparate areas and building something that was just not possible before. They look at the effect of the current technology revolution on work, income inequality and try to explain these changes. The most interesting sections for me were when they began to look at how human society might respond and how to educate the workers of the future so that they can work with machines rather than compete against them. This seems to encouraging Montessori style self-directed learning to encourage ideation, large frame pattern recognition and complex communication. They highlighted the failure of graduate education in this respect and this has made me look at my own teaching and assessment methods for future classes I give.