America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America — The American Magazine

A New Morning

We guesstimate that by 2040, America 3.0 will be in full flower. The painful transition period will be over and 400 million Americans will be living in a prosperous and free society marked by rapid and exciting technological change. We anticipate many such changes, including:

  1. Network technology will allow us to work anywhere, and with anyone, remotely. Individual- and family-scale businesses will be far more common and immensely more productive.
  2. Driverless cars and other innovations in transportation will revolutionize how we travel and where we live and work, allowing us to disperse across the continent into exurban and semi-rural living.
  3. 3D printing and related technologies will lead to an “internet of atoms” with localized and even in-home manufacturing. There will be a manufacturing renaissance in the United States and the factory floor will be everywhere.
  4. Medical technology will transform health care, with great gains in health and longevity achieved through enhanced diagnostics, custom-tailored drugs, and fewer medical emergencies.
  5. Education will be delivered through a variety of media and methods, and traditional brick and mortar schools will be far less important than they are today.

The first one:

  1. Network technology will allow us to work anywhere, and with anyone, remotely. Individual- and family-scale businesses will be far more common and immensely more productive.

Is the “Jet-packs” that we-of-the-baby-boomers were going to wear.

Work anywhere means to work no where, and it is in the workspace, of the mind but also of the body, that Orients one self in the system called the OODA loop.

While I am sure all Conservatives and Liberals believes that social media will compensate for the inconvenience of actually showing up for work, in your heart you must know that just is not so.

It is just so much hot air coming out of our backsides, without the help of jet-packs.

via America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America — The American Magazine.

2 thoughts on “America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America — The American Magazine

  1. Hi, Larry. Thank you for mentioning my book. Obviously, we disagree on the viability of a much more dispersed workforce. However, consider that through most of history people’s workspace and living spaces were either collocated or very close to each other. “Commutes” as well as “jobs” are an industrial era phenomenon, which impose high costs as well as certain benefits. We are seeing more telecommuting and that will only increase, and the tools to work collaboratively but remotely will only get better. My coauthor and I wrote a 120K word book without a single face to face meeting, either between ourselves of with our friends who helped us with the writing, and my coauthor worked from his home. So, something like what we predict is already developing. But, you are correct that some things have to be done face to face, and we recognize that in the book. Moreover, some kinds of work will simply not be “dispersible” and we recognize that in the book as well. Summaries chop out the nuance, but there is no alternative to them. And, regrettably, we do not predict jet packs, though I still want them and I wish we could.

    • My coauthor and I wrote a 120K word book without a single face to face meeting, either between ourselves of with our friends who helped us with the writing, and my coauthor worked from his home. So, something like what we predict is already developing.

      True, and that is the problem with being a naysayer, there is probably someone already doing what you say can’t be done.

      On the other hand, I saw both of you on Lou Dobbs, so while you never met during the writing of the book, I believe, unless you are someone like J.D. Salinger, the workspace of a writer extends further than the forming of words on a page, and even if most of that workspace is virtual.

      That said, I do hope to buy and read your book sometime in the near future, as I don’t believe the question of workforce disbursement is going to be answered anytime soon.

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