The Digital Society: A Summary

9 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2014

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Dirk Helbing

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS)

Date Written: December 21, 2014

Abstract

We need a "Galilean" paradigm shift in thinking, from a component-oriented, individually centered view to an interaction-oriented, systemic view. When combined with the new opportunities created by Information and Communication Technologies, such a paradigm shift will lead us to a self-organizing Digital Society and can help us to overcome (or at least mitigate) many long-standing problems such as financial instabilities, crime, conflict, war, or tragedies of the commons.

Keywords: Digital revolution, digital society, economy 4.0, complex systems, self-organization, Internet of Things

JEL Classification: A00, O30, P40

Suggested Citation

Helbing, Dirk, The Digital Society: A Summary (December 21, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2541331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2541331

Dirk Helbing (Contact Author)

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) ( email )

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
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Zurich, 8092
Switzerland

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