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3rd International Symposium GLOBAL VILLAGE


Global Networking and Local Development
Using Cyberspace to Build Sustainable Living space

February 13 - 16, 1997, Wappensaal, Vienna City Hall

Tom Stonier


Human society is an evolving system. From time to time, there occurs the equivalent of a phase shift, or more appropriately, a ¨cultural discontinuity¨. In each case such a discontinuity is preceded by, and caused by the emergence of a constellation of new technologies. During and following such a discontinuity, previously existing cultural institutions become modified, some abolished all together, while new ones arise.

Most of Europe and North America, and parts of the Western Pacific have evolved into the ¨Communicative Era¨ a product of the Electronic Revolution. This revolution was characterized by the development of devices which used electricity or electro-magnetic radiation to communicate. It is important to note the profound difference between the Industrial Revolution and the Electronic Revolution. The former dealt with inventions and devices which extended the human musculature. The latter, extended the human nervous system. The lecture will focus on the impact of the Electronic Revolution on institutions such as the state, the economy, and war.

An outgrowth of the Electronic Revolution is the Electronic Intelligence Revolution. Coupled to modern communications systems, computers and other forms of electronic intelligence are creating the equivalent of a global brain.

One major consequence of such a development will be a marked rise in the collective intelligence of human global society. The matter parallels the introduction, in the 15th Century, of the printing press into Europe which resulted in Europes technical ascendancy over the rest of the world.