Remember the days when TV used to be a new thing and suddenly the mother used to come and shut it off in the midst of something good saying it’s not good for the eye or the TV was getting hot, it would burst. And we would moan!
Or now when we advise our children to keep their mobiles aside as it’s not good for health or the nonsense it is.
Saw the evolution? Humans are still getting hooked as machines and eco-systems keep evolving. And we are already at the end of the second industrial revolution. We have seen the good and yet now people do not have work and there’s a huge imbalance in the way the capitalist world has shared the spoils, the wealth and the resources.
But there’s hope.
We are at the door of the third industrial revolution. This will not be country specific and this will not be capitalist centric. So, paupers can hope to rejoice.
The third industrial revolution shall be the shared economy industrial revolution. The specific revolutions shall be with communication, power and transportation.
Look at the past. The first industrial revolution happened because of the telegraph and steam engine. The second happened because of the telephone, electricity and car. The telephone enabled us to speak long distances. The electricity liberated the way we worked, lived and performed. The car, of course, became the symbol of prosperity and is transportation too.
Note, I put transportation second. And prosperity first. Especially, for India.
Now, the third revolution is upon us.
The communication internet has fast forwarded our thoughts, made us a global human village, sharing everything every second and most of it is free. Data usage is a small price to pay for such human sharing. Large impact, small carbon footprint, very less cost and happiness to almost all. We can share thoughts, music, movies, documents, papers, photographs, news, information, decisions and events as we live our own lives wherever. Even a village with two goats and a man can have the same resources as a business biggie in New York.
The power internet is being created as we speak. Small kits of solar energy for homes. Small wind energy modules for a village. Solar farms for a community. Very less cost. Low maintenance. Small carbon footprint. Ceaseless energy from sun and wind. Share with the grid. Make money too. Contributory. Community service and evolved sharing. Get grid benefits as you travel thus saving money even during travel. Share, be social and co-create energy for every living being. All very nature friendly. So, no more tree cutting. Cheap and affordable power. Actually, near free. Don’t be surprised if it will be like data, some paltry hundred bucks. Times are coming.
The transportation internet has already begun by car sharing. The millennial don’t want to buy cars. They hail transport and travel at opportune costs from point A to B. We used shared autos in some cities before and started the share economy. Now they have brought us apps to do it anywhere and everywhere. We will share cars, buses, trucks, planes and hyper loops to move ourselves swiftly. And move our goods even more swiftly. Trucks and buses shall also become mobile transponders and collect data about weather, communities, social networks and infrastructure on the roads they travel enabling people to plan more and deliver better. The transportation internet will bring us swiftly to each other’s doorstep at low costs. Our goods will come to us at very low costs.
Then, we can question ourselves. Why do I need the apples from Shimla? Or Kiwi from NZ? We will use all the cheap stuff I mentioned above to create our own farms and control our produce, organic and fresh. We bring down cost of food. That’s the ultimate.
It will happen. People and governments all over the world are doing it. So, you will ask about employment? In India, that’s a pertinent question.
Engineers will be employed to make the three Internets happen. The farms will turn high tech and they also will be needed in them. Data security, data flow and data analytics will get real time and enormous. People will get employed there. Content creation, agriculture, social development, education, social caring, green tech, food, healthcare, animal care, media, hardware tech, crafts and community development will create new and evolved jobs.
In essence, people will stop migrating. There will be reverse migration. People will go back to villages. There will be much better income there. They will make their own water, electricity and food. Easily. With less money. And have time to spare. The village economy that will propel our nation in the coming years.
So people, get hold of lands and start building your smart farms.
Was I able to help you see a great future? Isn’t it great? Remember, no government can undo this. It’s competition, it’s compelling and it’s financial sense.