“The next chapter of the fourth industrial revolution will leave us with a multi-faceted web where each domain has different characteristics,” writes Paul Roehrig. “Our opportunity—as citizens, employees, and leaders—is to embrace with gusto the once-in-a-century opportunity to renegotiate the terms of our endearment with our powerful new machines.”
Excerpts from Quartz's article:
“The internet and the first 20 years of web innovation was predicated on a view of the world that was, as we can now see, Westernized idealism. Having an unfettered digital commons for commerce, learning, community, and governance sounded great to many, but in the end this model has become chaotic, addictive, and even toxic.
This toxicity extends into the arguments we’re having about the tension between regulation and innovation. But the fact that we’re yelling at each other is actually a positive. It may not be fun, but the sometimes loud, occasionally rancorous debates about privacy, data stewardship, IP protection, and even the future of capitalism are good signs. Open societies are beginning to reimagine how we manage the new engines of the digital economy.
It’s possible to find a way to balance control while protecting the free flow of capital and ideas. To navigate this path, here are three initial steps we can each take tomorrow:
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