The Information Technology Era
The world is on the verge of a dramatical change that will change the traditional ideas about the economy, markets, finance and credit. The changes will be caused by the increase in technology companies. It is necessary to actively invest in the IT-company to capitalize on their domination of the future.
In the world formed a new cluster of companies that, having a high financial capabilities, a strong and promising business, unlimited monopoly in their respective segments and ambitious leaders who are able to literally change the world. What is probably dreamed of Steve Jobs – is more than the iPhone in every pocket or a computer in every home.
High-tech companies are now characterized by the following features: a high stock of money with virtually no debt and a positive continued arrival of money from the chief business very little chance of the emergence of competition in the market: 100% of the competitors could be purchased, as they say, “standing” continuous improvement of technology, so most of the new solutions, know-how, inventive products and the software goes to a thin course of action of companies
global presence, not so much physical as informational and technological.
These features of the world tehnogiganty nearly do not depend on national governments, or from financial institutions, from anyone! These companies already have large, although not all of the obvious, part of world domination, in fact, they probably great future. Change anything in this scenario, perhaps, too late.
At a time when more and more wealth is a) public (internet, cellular communications, programming), b) intangible (content and software, communications, electronic money), no one, except for the leaders of IT-part, there is no chance to preserve the advantages which they enjoyed in the pre-computer era.
Victim 1: Government.
already is extensive, the term “dramatical change of Facebook”, though, seems to be copyright to no one claimed him. However, the reason for the success of many revolutions that occurred in 2011 (Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and others) is considered to be participants in the events co-ordination of social networks.
Another example: freedom of information. Internet is open to all, attempts by the state, as before, losing control of the media seems to be meaningless. This is clearly seen in Russia – people no longer trust the official media and focus on the Internet. Government can no longer keep secrets (Wikileaks example) are not able to consolidate the mass, unable to control the emergence of social groups (before – “parties” out of use.).
State and Government have lost the monopoly on information, propaganda and brainwashing citizen. With them they have lost a meaningful part of government, which before had. But a mistake to suppose that this strength is lost forever: it is simply transferred from the government in the hands of companies that control the network media. Earlier assistance from control over the information in the form of financial flows extracted the state – and now it is a global Internet company.
If so, will the changes last?
What will become of the fiscal roles of the state?
Possible with the help of the Internet does not create a representative and direct democracy, which is involved in government is not a handful of elected or appointed bureaucrats king, but every citizen?
Will the state continue to control the lives of citizens by the issuance of references to it, permits, information that can be accessed by other method?
Are there borders for programs, information, move data, whether they keep for the physical movement of goods and technologies for physical movement of citizens?
Will the state continue to monitor the election course of action to the authorities, the judicial system, transport infrastructure, and so on?
It is doubtful that global technology companies do not mirror on these issues.
Victim 2: edges and financial companies
is very simple – you can already make payments without going to the bank, and do not use (directly) his sets. This is called “electronic payment systems.” Google has its own system of payments and social network, in which 90 million users… that prevents Internet giants, with its enormous financial resources and the audience to go ahead and organize the “electronic banking”, “electronic exchange”, “e-insurance company” “Electronic Credit Bureau,” etc. and so on?
It’s just a matter of time before the current edges, stock exchanges and other financial intermediaries will be forced out of Internet companies. At first there is nothing but an old and thick textbook on economics, striped suit and a shiny bald head, a second is all: the chief business, generates revenue, without of commitment, customers, technology, the desire to conquer the world.
As soon as the paper money will be completely superseded by electronic, “paper” edges will go back in time.
Victim 3: Rights holders
have long understood that it is foolish to talk about copyright in a set of numbers, written one way or another on the magnetic and optical media.
Only those who control: methods for writing information to the media; production of media, reading with these carriers, including programs for the reproduction of content, transmission of information – may be the owners, and no one else.
While books and CDs were transferred to somebody – this was nevertheless possible to do something (referring to the fight against piracy) but once it has entered into an electronic web, the battle was lost.
This does not average that the proceeds from the sale of works of art, and anything that is copyrighted, do not get one: they already receive, and to a large extent, the Internet giants. They are already in the sector, and all others (record companies, movie theaters, shops, books and audioplastinok, traditional media, etc.) quietly serving the dustbin of history.
Victim 4: The education sector
is good news first – to gain knowledge of how the information will no longer need to physically navigate to the location of the school, sit in the audience, to live on campus, eat in the cafeteria and get relief from physical by a doctor. All this while there, but left him to live long.
Bad news – the money you save on tickets to Oxford and housing costs, some will go to the IT-company. Money, money again, and again in the same recipients!
But seriously, the education system as a system of storing information goes into the past. What do get people coming in, say, business school or technological universities – is a) way of thinking b) social ties and skills of behavior. But do not see any obstacles to all this could not be obtained by far away method.
Victim 5: All kinds of mediators: retail, tourism, real estate agencies, etc. etc.
Based on the latest developments in the travel market, to come soon. Lanta-Tour, and other travel agencies – this is the last century. Man himself is able to find tickets for airplane or aim, rent a car or house directly from their owner, and pay with electronic money. In addition, and for trade may occur are not the easiest time because in 2011 more than 1 million Russians ordered goods oversea by mail from the U.S., China and Europe, instead of go to the regional shopping center and buy the same thing to pay additional charge of 50% VAT and rent the owner of the shopping center Plaza.
And here we see the outlines of a new world in which the former leaders of the defeated, and, oddly enough, peacefully, with no casualties or damage, a new procedure. No without of co-owners Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook, and rule them to prison for an attempted coup. already a ineffective and sad attempt to somehow limit the monopoly of these companies came to nothing rule.
global IT-giants will increase its advantage, expanding the scope of the business, which has traditionally been made “offline”, and their financial condition and might be grow, they will displace the old intermediaries, who can not oppose them anything.
for inclusion in the new world government will be sufficient, first, to acquire the shares of industry leaders, and secondly, actively include itself in programming.
Soon not a car, apartment or the post will determine the social position, but the proportion in the register of holders of IT-company, your website, its program, its audience, its own information.
must be careful to treat those companies whose financial position and strength are, or will soon become a historical throwback. Particular caution should be taken to the financial (banking, insurance, pension funds, settlement of accounts, stock exchanges, brokers, asset managers,… ) and resellers.
I would not bet on these companies in an ecosystem where the Internet infrastructure and information technologies make possible the direct transaction between seller and buyer of anything, and when the electrons are not only money, but the people (by the profiles in Facebook).
The basic conclusion is that the role of IT-companies underestimated: government, society and the stock markets. While the dramatical change, as a consequence of which they have come to rule the world, goes on before our eyes.
Can participate in the time of action (eg, buying shares or making their own resources and programs), to stand aside, angrily reject the new trends, believing in the old good value, try to counteract the IT-companies, brandishing a club prohibitive laws and conventions SOPA.
But in any case, does not stop to think, to make the right choice, and not to swim against the tide