The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin audiobook

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

By Jeremy Rifkin
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In The Zero MarginalCost Society, New York Timesbestselling author Jeremy Rifkin argues that the capitalist era is passing—notquickly, but inevitably. The emerging Internet of Things is giving rise to anew economic system that will transform our way oflife. In this provocative new book, Rifkin argues that thecoming together of the Communication Internet with the fledgling EnergyInternet and Logistics Internet in a seamless twenty-first-century intelligentinfrastructure—the Internet of Things—is boosting productivity to the pointwhere the marginal cost of producing many goods and services is nearly zero,making them essentially free. The result is that corporate profits arebeginning to dry up, property rights are weakening, and the conventionalmind-set of scarcity is slowly giving way to the possibility of abundance. Thezero marginal cost phenomenon is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalistmarket and part “collaborative commons”—with far-reaching implications forsociety. Rifkin describes how hundreds of millions of people arealready transferring parts of their economic lives from capitalist markets towhat he calls the global Collaborative Commons. “Prosumers” are making andsharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3-D printedproducts at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes,and other items via social media sites, redistribution clubs, andcooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are even enrolling infree MOOCs, massive open online courses that operate at near zero marginal cost. Andyoung social entrepreneurs are establishing ecologically sensitive businessesusing crowdfunding as well as creating alternative currencies in the newsharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, cooperation supersedes competition, and“exchange value” in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by“sharable value” on the Collaborative Commons. Rifkin concludes that while capitalism will be with us forthe foreseeable future, albeit in an increasingly diminished role, it will notbe the dominant economic paradigm by the second half of the twenty-first century.We are, Rifkin says, entering a world beyond markets, where we are learning howto live together in an increasingly interdependent global CollaborativeCommons.

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Summary

In The Zero MarginalCost Society, New York Timesbestselling author Jeremy Rifkin argues that the capitalist era is passing—notquickly, but inevitably. The emerging Internet of Things is giving rise to anew economic system that will transform our way oflife.

In this provocative new book, Rifkin argues that thecoming together of the Communication Internet with the fledgling EnergyInternet and Logistics Internet in a seamless twenty-first-century intelligentinfrastructure—the Internet of Things—is boosting productivity to the pointwhere the marginal cost of producing many goods and services is nearly zero,making them essentially free. The result is that corporate profits arebeginning to dry up, property rights are weakening, and the conventionalmind-set of scarcity is slowly giving way to the possibility of abundance. Thezero marginal cost phenomenon is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalistmarket and part “collaborative commons”—with far-reaching implications forsociety.

Rifkin describes how hundreds of millions of people arealready transferring parts of their economic lives from capitalist markets towhat he calls the global Collaborative Commons. “Prosumers” are making andsharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3-D printedproducts at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes,and other items via social media sites, redistribution clubs, andcooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are even enrolling infree MOOCs, massive open online courses that operate at near zero marginal cost. Andyoung social entrepreneurs are establishing ecologically sensitive businessesusing crowdfunding as well as creating alternative currencies in the newsharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, cooperation supersedes competition, and“exchange value” in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by“sharable value” on the Collaborative Commons.

Rifkin concludes that while capitalism will be with us forthe foreseeable future, albeit in an increasingly diminished role, it will notbe the dominant economic paradigm by the second half of the twenty-first century.We are, Rifkin says, entering a world beyond markets, where we are learning howto live together in an increasingly interdependent global CollaborativeCommons.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a thought-provoking read that pushes some of the most important new technologies to their logical—and sometimes scary—conclusions.” Financial Times
The Zero Marginal Cost Society is admirable in its scope. Rifkin offers a wide-ranging overview of the kind of tech advances that will redefine how many people live in the coming decades.” Fortune
“Intriguing.” Kirkus Reviews
“Jeremy Rifkin offers an ambitious and optimistic image of how a commons-based, collaborative model of the economy could displace industrial capitalism when the economic and social practices of the Internet are extended to energy, logistics, and material fabrication. Even skeptical readers, concerned with the ubiquitous surveillance and exquisite social control that these same technologies enable, should find the vision exhilarating and its exposition thought provoking.” Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School
“If you want to understand why we are in the midst of a massive paradigm shift from an age of top-down, centralized institutions to a world of distributed and collaborative power, I would highly recommend reading Jeremy Rifkin’s new book. He clearly joins the dots on how the likes of 3D printing, crowdfunding, and online education platforms are all connected and describes the disruptions that lie just around the corner for most sectors.” Rachel Botsman, author of What's Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing the Way We Live
“A comprehensive exploration of the implications of anyone being able to make anything.” Neil Gershenfeld, director, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
The Zero Marginal Cost Society confirms Jeremy Rifkin as peerless visionary of technological trends. The future arrives only to fill in the sketches that Rifkin so ably draws. I highly recommend as a cure for those who are perplexed about the future of technology.” Calestous Juma, Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government
“This breathtaking book connects some of today’s most compelling technology-driven trends into a five-hundred-year spiral from commons to capitalism and back. Rifkin has produced an intellectual joyride that takes us to the threshold of a new economic order.” Kevin Werbach, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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by Ninjacorn 9 9/13/2017
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What an intriguing, mind-blowing audiobook…Zero Margin discusses the advances in technology that will redefine capitalism, technology, and how people live. Creatively written and expertly read, I highly endorse as therapy for those who are bewildered about what’s around the corner in science and civilization. The book scares the bleep out of you one minute and unravels your anxieties like a cheap useless sweater of stupidity the next. I enjoyed the shaming and feel way smarter, which is rare. Well done!

Author

Author Bio: Jeremy Rifkin

Author Bio: Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin, one of the most popular social thinkers of our time, is the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Third Industrial Revolution, The Empathic Civilization, The European Dream, The Age of Access, The Hydrogen Economy, The Biotech Century, and The End of Work. His books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Rifkin is an advisor to the European Union and to heads of state around the world. He is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s executive education program at the University of Pennsylvania and the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 14.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English