Technology expert and futurist Joshua Klein speculates on the economic impact of the Internet. He conceives an economic world where reputation plays a part in every exchange; web-based commerce circumvents established institutions; and the Internet resurrects barter, gifting and personal relationships. And Klein’s not far off the mark: Crowdfunding, cloud computing and Bitcoin already exist. But his speculations that major geopolitical institutions will collapse under reputation-heavy innovators seem far-fetched, and his arguments suffer from his blog-like format, wandering style and shortage of empirical evidence. Nonetheless, getAbstract sees valuable insights and imagination in Klein’s iconoclastic projections and recommends them to economists, executives and futurists.
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Technology expert and former National Geographic television host Joshua Klein writes and consults on innovation and network value.