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What do you think will be the next big change in how societies organize? Why?

A few examples. Communication, gradually to written words and eventually the printing press and more recently internet and cell phones. Agriculture, changing from hunting/gatherers and eventually invention of the plow. Wheel, changing transportation eventually roads, the steam engine, and internal combustion engine. Numbers, counting to mathematics, to elaborate equations. Scientific method, understanding how things work eventually knowing things we can see, e.g. viruses and bacteria.

Each of these resulted in new ways societies were able to organize. Some others to consider. The assembly line/industrial age, cities, art/architecture, city councils, city states, governments of various forms, and business structures.

What update, extension, or completely new thing will allow or even lead to a new means to organize societies? Or maybe how can societies be organized differently and what would it take to make such changes? Will that make the society stronger, safer, better? What about the individual?

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    Jun 23 2013: Decentralizing and decorpotarizing.
    The present societal engine is economy and it is around the economy the society organizes now. The economy engine is inefficient as it drives on inequality and pulls the resource to the sink side faster than the source side can grow back. The system creates centralization of resources and power held by few whereas the motive force is the labor by the vast majority who aspire to be in center of power, which sadly never happens because the system is designed to prevent that.
    So, if reason prevails, the next big change will be true empowerment of people to live without dependence on corporations and power structures. One giant step towards this will be energy independence, that is capability to grow own energy with the least impact on the environment.
    This is not a pipe dream.
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      Jul 5 2013: .I would guess:

      "This is a pipe dream" if people do not quit invalid (harmful) happiness.
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  • Jun 23 2013: I think the next big change will come when we run out of fossil fuels and the ability to transport food.

    This will cause the population to redistribute from cities closer to the sources of power and food.
  • Jun 24 2013: I do not think we will see any big changes as such. In hind site, we will see many small changes that very quickly add up to a big change. The reason for this is that the rate of change has become exponential and is now so fast that it precludes big changes. This seems paradoxical. But the world is a big place, and change takes time to spread. By the time something spreads very far, it will likely be replaced by another change. For example, I suspect that before the globe is covered by cellular telephone towers, an improved communication technology will replace cellular technology.

    Increasingly, we will witness changes that everyone will agree were unpredictable. Let us hope that one of these is peace.
  • Jun 24 2013: Reading your commetns, I see most take a how do we distribute resources, e.g. food, security, power, as the purpose of societies. If this is accurate, then governments and corporations (maybe small businesses) are the current means to organize society. Maybe the question should be how will distribution of resources change over the next 30 to 40 years?

    But what I'm personally even more interested in is there other possibilities to organize societies then the governement, in it's many forms - dictator to democracy, and corporate hierarchies working together or not working together? And what new "thing, event, technology, etc" will allow or require that change.

    My simplistic view of management is to turn effort into desired outcomes. When able to do this as a win-win-win situation, most would agree the management is excellent. I don't see societies as just a means to distribute resources. Of course in the end that is an outcome of successful societies.

    One thought I have about any new means to organize socieites has to do with communications. It is mainly through communications that a group begins to effectively turn effort into desired outcomes. We are rapidly turning into a world of wearable communications. This allows us to exchange ideas, emotions, and whatever else quickly and in near time.

    We are also at the same time developing prosthetics which can be controlled by the human mind/brain. How long before we may be able to combine communications with a direct access to the thinking and feeling or someone else. It will likley start with a spouse or someone close to us maybe even someone with serious medical difficulties.

    But what if one day we could directly share all the things a group thinks and feels as if it were in my own head. The conversation as if it were my own but with so much more data, wonderful connections, the emotional response, etc. Would this change societal organization?

    Answer any of the questions. I'm interested in all.
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    Jun 23 2013: Communication itself will change the society because people will understand the diversities of different societies , uniqueness of each culture better so future society will be more inclusive.

    Technology will bring more solution for alternative foods say instead of buying meat from farmed animals people will eat synthetically produced meats, may be even grains can be produced artificially so societies out look to land ownership will change resulting in to different sort of societal forming..... Let met stop here , it may already sound extreme utopia ....:)
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    Jun 23 2013: Either 1984 or Mad Max, right now it seems O is leaning toward the doing the dystopian thing.
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        Jun 23 2013: If you understand no explanation is necessary if you don't none is possible.
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        Jun 23 2013: Yes, I hate to admit it but I'm terrified of you, you have found me out.

        Utopia is a natural state of man where he pursues a better standard of living. This require freedom which is natural. What is not is someone using force and then hamstring the individual from defending himself against this force.
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        Jun 23 2013: I'm not going to participate in one of your circular chatter sessions. When you start the chatter I will answer with a very loud reticence.

        The key question is, is the exchange obtained by force. This is a black and white question, yes or no.

        The only way a corporation can use force is through government.

        "My Utopia" does not benefit the wealthy over the poor. The fact is that the highest turnover rate of any income category is at the top. That means that one day a feller is eating caviar the next he Fs up and he is eating sardines. This is really is the way it happens because there is a lot of competition. If not for the government, through crony capitalism, some very rich guys would now be eating sardines. Et al most of the big banks, GM, ADM, Black Water, most defense contractors,
        GE, Goldman Sachs, and a gazillion others.

        It is not people like the Koch brothers, Walmart, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Toyota, and a gazillion others. Admittedly these may avoid taxes but it is all legal. Notice that Warren Buffet and Bill Gates practice philanthropy though their own organization not the government, that says something? These companies raised the standard of living of their customers which is what made them prosper.

        There is no monopoly, that concept is a red herring. People have the choice not to buy the product there is always an alternative.

        So if you cut through all of the rhetoric what creates a better standard of living? Government or the Free Market? You just have to look at North Korea (and the heart wrenching stories within it's borders) or South Korea, West Germany or East Germany the Trivant or Mercedes, Mainland China or Hong Kong or Singapore.
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        Jun 23 2013: Have a nice day