ERIC Number: ED452839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
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Thornburg, David D.
This impact paper discusses the nature of emerging technologies and markets at the turn of the millennium. The first section considers the impact of the printing press on the Renaissance. The second section considers implications for Renaissance 2000 (R2K), triggered by a new mode of communication, i.e., the Internet. The third section addresses the shift from "push" to "pull" in how informational media operate, emphasizing that individuals will need a different set of skills to actively seek out information. The fourth section describes a dual economic structure in which the economy of atoms (physical goods) is marked by the law of diminishing returns, while that of bits is marked by the law of increasing returns. The fifth section examines the downward pressure on the prices of most high-tech goods and the problem that this presents for manufacturers; the shift toward an experience economy as a solution is discussed. The sixth section looks at the accomplishments and failures of desktop computers. The seventh section presents the concept of "shift control" (i.e., a shift in control to the consumer) as a dominant force for R2K that will reach into virtually all transactions. The eighth section addresses education in R2K, and the last section covers R2K in the developing world. (MES)
Descriptors: Change, Communications, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Educational Development, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Information Skills, Information Technology, Internet, Technological Advancement
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/Technology/techconf/2000/. For full text: http://www.ed.gov/Technology/techconf/2000/presentations.htm l.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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