Internet of Things, local energy sources, and online collaboration underlie the Zero Marginal Cost Society.
Stratasys’ Education, R&D departments and MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab are researching 4D printing — manufacturing one-off objects that can change their shapes or other physical characteristics in response to their environment. (View the video.)
Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work
, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny
, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society
. Behind everything lies the renewed importance of local resources: local energy production, local manufacturing, local governance. And the Internet that ties us all together (evolving into the Internet of Things) will, ironically, bolster local power.