Al Gore identifies six factors that are emerging as the major drivers of change. These factors are
1) Work: the movement of labor from West to East (outsourcing); and, at the same time, a shift towards much more automation (robosourcing);
2) Communications: the rise of the internet that has led to a wild proliferation of information, and the ability of the world's population to instantly connect with one another for a host of purposes. Including the increasing reach of the internet from the developed to the developing world;
3) Power: the shifting of power from West to East; and, at the same time, the shifting of power from national governments to smaller players, such as businesses and corporations, but also rogue players, such as guerrilla and terror organizations;
4) Demographics: the enormous increase in the world's population, and the movement of peoples both within and across national borders;
5) Biotechnology: the increasing manipulation of DNA to produce not only new organisms with novel features, but new materials and fuels as well, and
6) Climate Change: the increase in world temperatures caused by the continuing build-up of CO2, as well as the numerous other climate effects that this entails.
Source: C-SPAN: Book Discussion on The Future
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