TechCrunch – The world is running out of time to make a decision about how to pay for social, economic, and political change.
And the sooner the better.
The time is now, writes John Gruber.
In his most recent book, The End of History, Gruber argues that the world will have to make some major changes if it is to make the most of the promise of the digital age.
In a recent TED talk, he outlined how to do this:1.
Make the transition to digital payments without a credit card, debit card, or debit card payment method.
The world currently has a lot of debt and we don’t have the technology to build a digital-only world.
It’s time to move beyond debt and build a system that makes the transition easier for people and businesses.
This can include a digital currency like bitcoin, but we need to think about it in terms of debt instead.
We need to create a new system that doesn’t have a debit card or a creditcard, but instead a digital one that lets people pay in whatever way they want.2.
The transition to a more equitable economy should be accelerated.
We can build an economy that is not only more equitable, but more sustainable, because we can pay people and corporations more, not less.3.
The end of history is now.
We are on the verge of a digital transition, but it won’t be a digital utopia.
We must make the transition from a society where the vast majority of people are underpaid and underprivileged to one that is more inclusive and more equitable.
We will be able to pay people in whatever amount they want, whenever they want it.4.
It is important to make sure that our government makes the investments in infrastructure, social, and education to make this transition easier and less expensive.
The investments needed include:a) infrastructure upgrades to create more affordable housing and affordable housing opportunities, b) infrastructure improvements for schools, c) improved education for all, and d) infrastructure investments to provide universal basic income.5.
We don’t need to wait for a future of “smart” technology to do the hard work of making a change.
It already happens in some parts of the world.
We also need to do our part to ensure that our leaders know that our future lies in the future, not in the past.6.
It will be impossible to implement a digital revolution without social change.
If we want to see a future where people are treated as human beings, where inequality is reduced, and where people have access to the best of all worlds, we must make sure our governments are invested in building a digital society and the infrastructure to make it happen.