Netcohort Society -
What sort of governance will will the
Netcohort Society impel?
when we talk of the Netcohort
of netcentric knowledge workers and a potential Netcohort
Society Are we discussing a technocracy?
Probably not. With the
Netcohort we are describing the new middle to middle
upper class of the emerging information driven society.
As the guilds of the
middle age were replaced by the more vibrant middle
class of the industrial revolution so today's middle
class is now being replaced by the Small and nimble
teams of the Netcohort.
Constant learning, action,
and personal integrity are the hallmarks of successful
netcohort individuals and groups. Information technology
teams are aligning in a fluid way with other teams in
what may become a Netcohort Society.
With the Netcohort Society
we are describing a society dominated by the new upper
middle class knowledge worker.
With the inception of
the industrial age the moribund trade guilds were doomed
by increasing economies of scale. This new age also
contributed to the creation of a skilled middle class
We have entered a similar
period, in reverse. The entrenched industrial age middle
class is now doomed as technology and robotics replace
repetitious manual tasks. Knowledge has more value today
than factories and equipment.
Large institutions propelled
into existence by industrial age centralization will
die or morph into the smaller, more efficient networks
demanded by the information and miniaturization age.
The emerging Netcohort
is becoming a replacement for the middle class: customer
centric knowledge workers attuned to each clients specific
needs. This new Netcohort Society will probably exist
within a reputation based system dominated by those
that continually learn, communicate, and accomplish.
An existing netcohort
contingent already works as small protean netcentric
associations within the transformational structure of
the rising Netcohort Society.
Technocracy to H. G. Wells
definition, a society run by the technological elite
is a possibility. A technocracy where everything is
run by a super computer is highly unlikely. A supercomputer
or super network will have human architects, and would
then fit under the first definition.
What we envision is a
more fluid environment. Governments will still exist,
although on a smaller and much weaker basis. The small
teams of netcohort individuals will join and separate
for specific projects, and create wealth wherever they
We would expect nations,
or perhaps city states, to compete for netcohort presence
much as Ireland
has used tax incentives to lure industry. Ireland very
quickly changed themselves from an almost feudal agrarian
society to a prosperous industrial nation.
Much of the industry
attracted was technology based - it is far more efficient
to relocate knowledge than just massive equipment. The
Netcohort carries the value of their knowledge with
them - and can easily move to the location that most
appreciates their worth.
"By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity
is beneficial to all others." - C.
This netcohort is exemplified by technology developers
that carry their wealth in their heads. If they have
a good reputation for integrity, knowledge, adaptability,
and creativity they are wanted for many projects. Just
as these knowledge workers can state their terms to
corporations now, in the future temporary netcohort
teams will be able to shape parts of their world.
If that is a technocracy, it may very well happen.
If Poland knows they can
have a silicon valley tomorrow, do you think they will
make a very good offer to a team of tech heavy weights?
(Do you think any degrees
these netcohort heavy weights have or don't have will
make a difference? Will they care if Bill Gates finished
P. S. I and others, such
Casey, are willing to set up a 50 year no tax /
minimal bureaucracy zone if a country wants to start
Better than a zone would
be a whole country. Better than 50 years would be a
permanent classical liberal constitution.
Why wait for someone
else to be more prosperous first?
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