ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR

Hope everyone has had a chance to listen to the lecture and process it.

The last 40 years have seen a higher gain in human productivity than the previous two centuries. Alongside such dramatic gains in productivity: We are up against a set of crises… The climate change crisis, a crisis of misinformation… the crisis of…

We will answer this question of the relationship between crisis and revolution through the rest of the semester but for now here are two simple questions :-):

1. Would you agree with the thesis presented in the lecture that we are living in the midst of a revolution – – one that is even larger in scope than the industrial revolution?

 

2. And what would be some elements of your vision of a society that emerges out of this revolution?

38 thoughts on “ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR

  1. 1. Yes. I do agree that we are living in the midst of a revolution that is larger in scope than the industrial revolution. The professor’s MP3 files mentioned that revolution is a dramatic change that might change in the next second or happen in a decade. There are always changes that occur daily, and of course, we all live in a revolutionary process.
    2. The elements could be oxygen, energy, human, etc…

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    1. Hi Cici,

      I do agree with you that we are in the middle of another revolution. This one is not like the Industrial Revolution, because unlike a shift from an agrarian economy to a manufacturing economy, we are now evolving into a digital economy as time is moving on. I believe that this shift into a digital economy is important and essential for us because technology is helping us become more interconnected and more efficient as a society. For instance, with the invention of the smartphone in the early 2000s we now had a way to talk to people on the go instead of being tied down to traditional landlines and pay phones like in the 1990s. This made conversations easier to have with people across the globe and improved tele communicative infrastructure. IT is my hope that in the future we can evolve to a point where we can make technology good enough to support our every whim and need. And as we’ve seen with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, I believe we are progressing on that correct path.

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  2. I also agree that we are living in the midst of a revolution. In the last two years there have been so many different revolutions that have come out in full force. There are many prime issues that groups of individuals want fix and for there to be reformed. Back to my previous point from the last post, March for our lives is one that is becoming larger by the day. This is one example of the many revolutions we have seen in the last two years.

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  3. 2. Part of these revolutions can be gun reform, safer protection in schools, better protection for teachers and students, etc.

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    1. Hi Jessica,

      I agree with you that we are all living in the midst of many Revolutions at the moment. March of Our Lives has been an important one for Gun Control, but another one that I’d like to point out would be the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Black Lives Matter Movement protests against racial injustices against African- Americans. It particularly gained traction after the death of George Floyd at the hands of corrupt police officer, Derek Chauvin. I believe these revolutions are also important because they are at the heart of a long-standing racial divide between black and white Americans in this country. In order to heal these divisions we need to embrace equality and denounce hatred in our society towards all minorities. I hope someday in the future we can have true equality in America.

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  4. I do agree that we are living in a state of constant revolution. The degree of misinformation is affecting our everyday lives. This misinformation has alienated a large degree of the population giving rise to tribalism across the globe.

    We are dealing with several revolutions at once as mentioned by Jessica in the previous post, with global climate crisis being the more urgent one. However, because the masses are misinformed, and the time horizon for visible effects of Global Warming is not immediately visible, the case for change lacks the urgency needed for countries to make a shift away from fossil fuels.

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    1. part 2.
      Some of the elements that will come out of this revolution will be global cooperation, less reliance on fossil fuels and drastic advancements on electrical battery technology.

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  5. 1. I very much agree that we are living in the midst of a revolution. In the past few years alone, we have seen calls for radical changes in society. Whether it is a call for reform within the criminal justice system or for accountability for harassment by the Me Too Movement, people are demanding a radical change to previous behavior that they deem immoral.

    2. From the two movements I listed above, an example of change in an ideal society would be less casualties in the criminal justice system. These could range from more strict gun legislations to an increased effort in deescalation training or mental health training.

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  6. 1. I do believe that we are living in the midst of a revolution. Society is changing each and every day and people are more passionate about change now more than ever. I feel that society isn’t afraid to seek change anymore and is very open to challenging the norms of the past decades.
    2. One personal vision I believe is very important is coming together as a society at a time we may be more divided than ever. Selflessness and the ability to listen and accept the viewpoints of others is one of the key strategies in helping this take place.

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  7. 1. I do believe we are in the midst of a revolution, but it is difficult to judge at the moment if it is a bigger movement than something like the Industrial or French Revolutions. At this moment we are seeing society, at least in the United States, create a workplace revolution as a result of COVID-19. The pandemic forced both companies and employees to alter how they operate on a daily basis, and it seems that the corporate lifestyle is fading as the worker gains more power. There are large number of people who have become adjusted to working from home, changing careers, or simply choosing not to work because of the opportunities made available to them. In contrast to the Industrial Revolution, right now the worker holds a tremendous amount of influence and companies are being forced to react and adapt to the ideals of their staff.

    2. My hope from this workplace revolution is that companies become more receptive to the wants of their staff. As a full-time worker right now, I have become spoiled by the work-from-home experience. Had my company not adopted a hybrid in/out of office policy moving forward then I may have seriously considered seeking a new opportunity like my peers and others in the workforce. Companies understand they need to re-structure their policies from the old normal in order to create an atmosphere that attracts and retains workers, and I think we will continue to see over the next few years more organizations becoming more lenient in their corporate policies.

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    1. Hey Joseph – I agree 1000% with your part 1 answer regarding the workplace revolution were in the midst of. Some refer to it as “The Great Resignation”, while companies are taking a more positive spin calling it “The Great Retention” – regardless of the name, we have to recognize that the workforce of the pre-COVID days looks drastically different than the workforce of today that will ultimately carry us into the future. I think it’s a great thing happening, a rebalancing if you will – to your point the leverage has shifted greatly into the employees hands and companies are now having to react carefully but quickly to ensure they are retaining and further more recruiting (or poaching) high caliber talent. This workplace revolution is certainly one of the most important things happening today and should be built into an organization strategy conversations.

      Part 2 – I think we will see evolution in creating a more energy and environmentally safe world, less reliance on fossil fuels and more investment in ex-adding our knowledge and scalability to alternatives, human simulations such as the meta verse and AI technologies for autonomous vehicles and also greater levels of connectivity (maybe also how we communicate as a human species).

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  8. 1. Would you agree with the thesis presented in the lecture that we are living in the midst of a revolution – – one that is even larger in scope than the industrial revolution?
    Yes definitively, as the effects are compounding. We may say ‘revolution’ and point to specific events (cause and effect) or we could take a step back and agree that ‘change’ is constant, but the rate of change is accelerating as a consequence of the industrial followed by technological revolution. Change is good and constant and it is a characteristic of human being.

    2. And what would be some elements of your vision of a society that emerges out of this revolution?
    There will be many new gadgets and services no doubt. It is difficult to identify; however, what changes will result from technological revolution as we are in the midst of it. Furthermore, technology and invention are in the hands of a proportionally few individuals who are subject matters experts and so the consequences of these technology leaps are not yet well understood by the populace. For example, who predicted Facebook, Twitter and Uber? When society is in the midst of change the picture might be opaque until the dust is allowed to settle. Furthermore, there is the (today) exacerbated friction between forces of change and those who want to keep things static or at best slow moving so as to better control the intended outcome in order to minimize changes to profitability, power and position.
    I do not have a clear picture on where this is headed. We look across the globe and we see societies based on democratic or representative systems and we also see autocratic systems. We witness societies where people enjoyed basic freedoms only to have these taken away from them overnight through a political or military overthrow robbing those individuals of the freedoms they knew. It can happen quickly (Hong Kong) and we are left watching and saying to ourselves “in 2022 how can this be….!”
    So, not to be evasive, but I don’t have a clear vision yet on how things will be, because at the end of the day our technological systems are based on computers and electricity and more. Our dependence on communication with one another through social media for instance is also a potential trojan horse on how progress made will be unwound fairly quickly. The genie will not go back into the bottle, but the next step of this evolution is not clear to me yet… we are in the midst of an experiment. Aldous Huxley anyone?

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  9. 1. We are in the midst of technological revolution. As for the core, it is difficult to say whether the heart is the creation of the internet and world wide web, or the development of software in general. Software is certainly a driving force, as automation and artificial intelligence have led to increases in production. Software is driving a change to how cars are created and marketed to consumers. Note the electric car business is mostly predicated upon the efficiency and versatility of software. Note, those who have a Tesla model 3 2018 are driving a totally different car than they originally purchased, (hardware aside), much akin to iPhone updates.

    Block chain technology, used to facilitate the trade of cryptocurrency, is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential application. This technology is currently being used to run metaverse programs, wherein developers and crypto firms are investing resources into creating digital realities.

    2. The kind of society born from this, will be distinguishable from those that preceded it by several concepts. The ability and flexibility of remote work will be a notable feature. The 9-5 structure should all, but fade away at this point. The metaverse will likely change the way businesses seek out space. Even now, companies are buying land plots in the metaverse (for as much as $4.3million) for the purposes of leasing out to other businesses or for their own stores. The consequences of this are that since people will be able to meet in the metaverse, this will eliminate the need for expensive real estate in Manhattan etc. There are even zoning laws/requirements in place in the virtual world. The pandemic thus far has proven many truths about the ease at which large and small corporations are able to switch to working from home, causing them to renegotiate lease agreements already. It has also given consumers freedom from exhausting commutes, free time to take walks, enjoy family company, and other leisure activities. Additionally, (please note if I’m wrong) there have not been significant drops in productivity from people being distracted working from home, less jobs that require physical labor and necessitate physical presence of course.

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    1. Hi Jesse,

      I enjoyed reading your response to these questions. i agree with you that we are defiantly in a technology revolution. Software is has huge impact on this revolution. Tesla and Apple are leaders in software updates for their products. They can fast and easily deliver new and updated fixes to their product with anyone ever leaving their homes. Right now Tesla is testing fully automated driving and is sending the software to there cars that had not had this function in the past when previously purchased. this gives people the opportunity to have the latest and greatest without having to spend a lot of money each year.

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  10. 1. I do agree with the presented thesis that we are in the midst of a revolution. There are many different aspects to this revolution – some that have been ongoing and some that are fairly new. While I do not believe it is as large as the Industrial Revolution, it is comparable. Some of the components of this current revolution include becoming more eco-friendly as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Becoming more eco-friendly responds to the climate change crisis, and some steps being made are to create more electronic cars as well as the banning of plastic shopping bags and straws. The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t a response to any crisis, but the effects of it will forever shape our work culture and health precautions, just to name a few.

    2. Some elements of my vision of the society that emerges from this revolution are the closure of many office buildings as more people strictly work from home, fewer pollution emission amounts due to people working from home, driving electric cars, and using eco-friendly products, and less sociable people due to the fact that people are more cautious of getting sick and would rather not gather with others.

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    1. Hi Brianna,

      You make some good points. Many companies realized after 2 years of working from home that it not only economically beneficial to have employees work from home ( where applicable) but it also results in increase productivity and an increase in employee happiness. The surprising results as you mentioned were the reduction of the carbon footprint across the glove. I truly believe that we are amidst a technological revolution that forever will change our lives.

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  11. 1. I agree to the point that we are are living amid of a revolution. There are revolution happening in all areas of life. The revolution that Pandemic has brought in our life is dramatic , like wearing masks, work from home, virtual learning, online shopping. In India online shopping for groceries was not common but due to pandemic we were forced to order groceries online and get it delivered. Also, there is huge amount of technological and scientific changes which have happened in last two years relating to vaccination, technology development for testing and treating the patients with coronavirus disease.

    2. The elements that emerge from this revolution are climate changes, less vehicles on the road, testing toolkits available at home, Air quality improved. All these were visible in India as roads were empty during lockdown.

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  12. 1) I would have to agree with the thesis we are living in the midst of a revolution and even larger than the industrial revolution. The reason why is because there is change happening every single day and we have to adjust based on the information that is provided. Some examples of change could be change in technology.
    2) Some changes i would like to see in our society are safety protocols in our schools, more funding for mental health, and restrictions on guns.

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  13. 1.) I believe the industrial revolution was the most significant revolution in our history, and is larger in scope due to its reach and impact globally. However, in terms of modern society, we are in the midst of a digital revolution. Digital technology has influence over every aspect of modern life. On the good side, it has given us incredible innovations and access to information. It has helped many individuals and businesses alike navigate the murky waters of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    On the bad side, this digital world has created a social crisis, which was accelerated by the pandemic. People are now isolated more than ever. This has led to increases in loneliness, depression, and anxiety for many adults and children. There is also the negative aspects of online censorship and social media, which is policed by Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc.

    2.) The digital revolution will only accelerate. This could cause us to drift further and further apart from each other. While these digital technologies will grow and always be available to us, we should only use it as one of many communication tools. We need find a balance between it and the physical world. Continue to meet in person with friends, family, and colleagues, as these human connections is what truly links us together.

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    1. Hi Joseph,

      I also believe the industrial revolution was the most significant revolution in our history. It seemed to really kick start the world for new infrastructure and technology. Before the industrial revolution the world looked very much the sames for thousands of years. From the industrial revolution to now the world has changed so much in such a short time, more than it ever did before the industrial revolution. I am excited to see what other revolution we will see in our lifetime because they could lead to even greater change then we have already seen.

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  14. 1) I definitely agree that we are living in the midst of a revolution,one that is even larger in scope than the industrial revolution. Right now I think that we are living in the aerospace revolution. We have seen many companies begin space rides and much more. From satellites that connect to new space telescopes, the past couple of years have been been the start of what I believe to be a new revolution. This is even leading to more convenient and cheaper space travel.

    2) Some elements of my vision of a society that emerges out of this revolution are space travel and new colonization of mars. While I do believe we are many years away from this being obtainable, we are definitely on the right track. We have more technology in our phones now then they did when walking on the moon for the first time in 1969. Technology is moving at a fast pace and who knows were it will take us in the future.

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    1. Hi Kyle, I enjoyed reading your post about space travel and technology revolution. Technology certainly improves everyday, and I agree that we could be on the right track to exploring places beyond earth. Hopefully we get to see these advancements in the coming years, and this would definitely be a revolution that would hold high importance.

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  15. I would agree with the thesis presented in the lecture that we are living in the midst of a revolution, especially within the last couple of years. The pandemic is an example of a dramatic change. Our lives immediately changed. For example, wearing face masks and having to get the COVID vaccines changed society and our lifestyle. In addition, the concept of working from home has become more common for companies and their employees. Our personal process can sometimes be referred to as a revolution as well. There are people who immediately got furloughed or fully lost their jobs due to the economic effect of the pandemic. As a result, some had to switch to a different field of work.

    Some elements of my vision of a society that emerges out of this revolution are that the relationship between companies and their employees improves drastically. The communication on both sides needs to be honest. Employees need to feel that the companies are investing in them as people and not just the skillset that they have. It is important for employees to have job security provided they are doing what is required of them at their jobs. It is also imperative that companies keep an open mind about employees working from home if possible. If there is ever a pandemic again, which is possible, based on history, we should all be better prepared.

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    1. Hey Samuel, I agree with everyone you said here. Workplaces and the relationships within them have definitely been put to the test during the pandemic. We have seen too many employees not wanting to work, and although it certainly has to do with wages and pay, being treated fairly is something that is extremely important to a healthy workplace. For the businesses that can find ways for some to work remotely, those positions should be kept in mind, like you mentioned.

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  16. I agree that we are in the midst of a revolution. I believe we are facing both societal and economic stresses as an outcome from the global pandemic, COVID-19. There is tension rising around the use of mandates on the vaccinations. There is also tension surrounding the global supply chain constraints. Suppliers are not able to meet the demand and customers are frustrated. There will need to be a revolution in the way we work on a global level. Globalization is something we cannot avoid as no one country or zone is self-sustainable. We need to work on being more efficient with operating globally. Is technology the answer? In some regards, yes. There could be a need for systems to better react to pandemics, now that we have direct experience. How can supply chains be more proactive and use their technology to be sustainable during pandemics?

    The stresses of the pandemic have affected consumers in both their workplaces and in society. Many people are working in remote environments. This can lead to overworking and never “shutting off” from work mode. I believe in this new environment we have not adjusted or prioritized the work life balance. I think from this revolution, there will be an emphasis on reprioritizing work life balance. This could also lead to different policies companies are using when tracking work hours per employee. An overworked society can lead to different stresses. With the use of technology and our reliance on our mobile devices, tracking work hours should be an easy task. I think the work life balance and tracking work hours are elements that will soon emerge from this revolution.

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    1. Hi Natalie! I definitely agree that it is concerning how much people are becoming overworked during this pandemic. Having to work from home can make it difficult for those to differentiate what is free-time and what should be spent on work, being that it is all done from home. Life and work definitely need a healthy balance, and hopefully a way to track work hours can be integrated to ease our lives and prevent people from overdoing it.

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  17. 1. I would rather agree to the thesis presented on the rapid growth in the productivity gain and the comforts of human society after an industrial revolution action during the Last decades that we are in the midst of revolutionary. Currently experiencing the workforce revolution arose from transformation of industrial revolution. I also agree to the posts that referred, Global climatic change is the crisis in environment which is directly proportional to the revolution change while generating food and shelter to meet the increasing population using the latest technology artificial pesticides and cutting down the natural habitats of Plant and animals by disturbing the nature resources. Because of which there has been increase in casualties of human especially in pandemic with multiple Covid variants like delta & omicron . There is a need of urgence for the society to fight for re-structure the climatic conditions by reducing various pollutions causing due to revolutionary change and set in place to live wealthy life.
    2. Alongside with enormous growth in technology in terms energy-battery automobiles and software , people will start adopting old culture by giving importance to physical activities especially by cultivating farms to generate organic and hygienic goods which is lacking in this generation due to past cause and effect problems created by technology.

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  18. 1. Would you agree with the thesis presented in the lecture that we are living in the midst of a revolution – – one that is even larger in scope than the industrial revolution?

    I agree that we are in the midst of a post-Pandemic revolution, and I’m confident of one thing: skill, rather than cash, will be the most crucial component in future production. As a result, the job market will become increasingly fragmented into ‘low-skill/pay’ and ‘high-skill/pay’ categories as the world needs new ways of thinking which in a way leads to higher societal conflicts.

    2. And what would be some elements of your vision of a society that emerges out of this revolution?
    I would acknowledge, the Industrial Revolution has four major influences on business: perceptions of service, quality enhancement, collaborative innovation, and organizational forms. Customers are increasingly at the center of the economy if they are indeed consumers or organizations because it is all about upgrading how customer needs are met. Additionally, virtual capabilities can now be applied to practical items and services, improving their value. Resources are becoming more durable and resistant as a result of new technology, while data and analytics are changing how they are managed. In the meanwhile, a world of customer interactions, statistics services, and asset performance via analytics necessitates new forms of collaboration, especially given the rate at which innovation and disruption occur. In addition, global platforms and various innovative business models have risen.

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  19. 1. As almost everyone here mentioned, I do agree that we are in the midst of a form of revolution. In our time, many people with varying opinions on different topics are finding ways to come together and make their points heard. Along with this, the pandemic has forced us to adapt new practices into our everyday lives that certainly revolutionize the way we live, with masks, protocols or certain limitations.

    2. I feel that with many of these ideals come varying opinions, in which many become hateful to opposing groups. An element I would like too see, although I am doubtful, is for those who oppose a specific practice or opinion to become less aggressive towards others. Everyone always shares a different viewpoint, but it does not make someone else a bad person just because they might disagree. Sadly, I have seen too often where people completely cut off others, even close family or friends, for differing views on everyday life. I feel that different opinions is a normal way of life, but spreading hate and ending relationships is not the healthy way to react, and that would be a vision I’d hope for in terms of our world’s ongoing revolutions in various categories.

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    1. Hey Jared,
      1. I agree with your opinion that the pandemic has forced people to adopt many new practices in life. In order to interact, study, and exchange knowledge, more than 30% of the world’s population today uses social media platforms. These contacts, in an ideal world, would allow for cross-cultural understanding and integration. They can, however, generate and promote excessive expectations of what constitutes success for an individual or a group, and I feel it even provides outlets for the spread of radical beliefs and ideologies.

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      I feel that Various Technological advancements will lead to a supply-side wonder in the future, with long-term gains in productivity and performance. Transportation and communication costs will be reduced, infrastructure and international operations will enhance, and trade costs will reduce, all of which will open new markets.Hence, will promote economic growth in various aspects

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    2. Hi Jared, regarding your second point, I agree with you. Something interesting about the information age is that we have more access to information than ever before, which allows people to access information laterally, but they are not exploring as deeply into the topics. We are quick to form opinions with information that is in front of us, but less willing to think about what it means. This leads to arguments, hate, and severed relationships.

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  20. 1. Would you agree with the thesis presented in the lecture that we are living in the midst of a revolution – – one that is even larger in scope than the industrial revolution?

    I agree that we are in the midst of a post-Pandemic revolution, and I’m confident of one thing: skill, rather than cash, will be the most crucial component in future production. As a result, the job market will become increasingly fragmented into “low-skill/low-pay” and “high-skill/high-pay” categories as the world needs new ways of thinking and acting in order not to blow itself up, leading to higher societal conflicts.

    2. And what would be some elements of your vision of a society that emerges out of this revolution?
    I would acknowledge some elements like Technological advancement will lead to a supply-side wonder in the future, with long-term gains in productivity and performance. Transportation and communication costs will be reduced, infrastructure and international operations will enhance, and trade costs will reduce, all of which will open new markets and promote economic growth.

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  21. Hey Jared,
    I agree with your opinion that the pandemic has forced to adapt many new practises in people’s life . In order to interact, study, and exchange knowledge, more than 30% of the world’s population today uses social media platforms. These contacts, in an ideal world, would allow for cross-cultural understanding and integration. They can, however, generate and promote excessive expectations of what constitutes success for an individual or a group, and I feel it even provide outlets for the spread of radical beliefs and ideologies.

    I feel that Various Technological advancement will lead to a supply-side wonder in the future, with long-term gains in productivity and performance. Transportation and communication costs will be reduced, infrastructure and international operations will enhance, and trade costs will reduce, all of which will open new markets .Hence, will promote the economic growth in various aspects

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  22. 1. I do believe that we are living in the midst of a revolution. The most unique thing about the revolution that we are in is that it is not solely a technological revolution, nor is it solely any one kind of revolution. In fact, there are smaller yet equally important revolutions occurring on several different fronts that have resulted in an overarching revolution that I believe is greater than the industrial revolution.

    The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the major gaps in the efficacy of the American healthcare system. We saw hospitals being overrun with COVID-19 patients and consequently, many hospitals had no resources for patients who had other health crises. Many doctors and nurses essentially had to decide who was worth saving and who wasn’t as a result of their limited resources. The spread of major information, especially on social media, contributed to a large part of this impact. The social media algorithms essentially resulted in an echo-chamber in which people’s own personal views were amplified, regardless of whether or not they were objectively/ scientifically accurate. This exacerbated the pandemic significantly and also resulted in demand for social media giants to combat the spread of misinformation. Additionally, the shift from in-person to virtual settings stemmed directly from the pandemic and how the coronavirus was transmitted. This pushed people to work remotely, which in itself is a revolutionary idea, that is now here to stay for the foreseeable future. This ultimately gave people more time to think, reflect, and act on the current events that are happening. We saw that the death of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor sparked protests and riots across the country, demanding for change and justice to occur. We saw greater conversations about climate change and became more demanding of the government and larger corporations to fight climate change and find sustainable practices. One revolution that I mentioned in my previous post is the switch from web2 in which companies provide services in exchange for consumer’s private data to web3 in which virtual reality, augmented reality, blockchain technology and the metaverse become more prominent. This technological revolution will give consumers back control of their own data and they will be the ones who decide what is done with it. It is envisioned that time in the metaverse will run parallel to physical reality and already, people are working in the metaverse.

    2. As a result of this revolution, I envision people spending more time prioritizing their families and loved ones rather than working 24/7 or following hustle culture. I envision there being drastic changes to the healthcare system (hopefully the implementation of universal basic healthcare in the United States) in case there is another pandemic in the future. Additionally, I can see there being a drastic shift into the metaverse with people buying and customizing their own avatars in VR. Optimistically, I envision that there will also be more accountability demanded from technology giants, especially as we head into web3 and the metaverse. As we become more technologically advanced, we need to ensure that we have created solutions for the issues that were faced in the earlier stages of technology (i.e spread of misinformation). Furthermore, I can also see there being more economically affordable alternatives to electric vehicles and a shift to greater consumption of sustainable products & supporting sustainable companies.

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    1. Hi Charu,

      I strongly agree that the pandemic has caused a mix of a social and technological revolution. I believe it forced us to take a greater reliance on technology, while also greatly influencing how we conduct business and communicate with one another. You mention the metaverse above and it made me think about the coin mining boom of the past year, and now we have governments across the world considering how they should approach and regulate items such as Bitcoin. I think it will be interesting to see how this naturally progress, especially with the length of the pandemic to this point.

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  23. I believe we are living in a very exciting time, with a revolution that is definitely larger in scope than the industrial revolution. When I think of the revolution we are experiencing today, I think how it relates to technology and how much more quickly improvements accelerate. I think it initiated with the personal computer, and from there with the creation of the internet, information became so much more easily accessible, it allowed people to innovate more than ever before.

    One of the many elements I could see emerging from society is even more significant digital emersion. While initially technology was used as a tool to help support us in the real world, we are seeing the invention of things such as “the metaverse” which focuses on removing the person from the real world and creating a digital world that they can enjoy.

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    1. Hi David,

      You mention above this revolution initiating with the personal computer, and I think over the past two years we have grown even more reliant on our personal technology in order to operate and work. With work from home policies brought on by the pandemic, without my laptop I simply would not have been able to do to my job for the past couple of years, and I am sure I am not alone there. I believe people now have a greater understanding of technology because they were forced to adapt, and I do believe this new knowledge will be beneficial in the long run as we look to innovate and adapt.

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  24. 1. Yes I believe we are in the middle of a revolution greater than what we’ve previously seen with the Industrial Revolution. In my previous posts I talked about the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Technological Revolution. However, the largest revolution that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime has been the revolution of sustainable energy. Ina an attempt to fight climate change and stop the increasing danger of global warming, large countries are now swearing off nonrenewable energy resources like oil and coal and moving to more renewable resources like solar energy and wind energy. One example of this has been the European Union’s embrace of non-renewable energy and the growth of these industries in countries like Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. This revolution has become very prominent in the 21st century because more and more humans are realizing the fact that we only have one planet and if we ruin it to the point where no life can be sustained then we will effectively eradicate ourselves from existence. It is my hope that we can combat this threat more effectively in my lifetime to amuse the world a better place for future generations.

    2. Some elements of my vision of society would be that we would have a society of clean air, clean water, and a thriving ecosystem. The resources we would use in this society would be the obvious nonrenewable energy resources of solar, water, and wind energy. Additionally, I would also probably se a reduction in traffic and lots of vehicles being on the road as with more environmental solutions for public travel, there will be more choices for getting to and from one destination to another.

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