I am finally getting stuck into my second hand copy of “Future Shock”. It’s amazing how prescient Alvin Toffler was on some things, and it’s amazing to think what that implies, given the theories he based his projections on.
This evening I was reviewing Toffler's 1994 interview with New Scientist, where he spoke of war and anti-war.
The basic argument is that as new civilizations emerge they bring with them new forms of warfare and new forms of warfare emerge, new forms of peacefare are required.
The Industrial Revolution did not simply industrialize the economy, it industrialized warfare. The machine age gave us the machine gun. Societies organized around mass-production, culminated in nuclear weapons, the ultimate in mass destruction. We argue that to the degree that knowledge is in fact becoming central to the new economy, it is also becoming central to the new form of war. The US Air Force has just bought 300,000 personal computers. There will be more computers in the armies of the world than there will be guns. Just as in the economy you need skilled workers, you need skilled soldiers.
It’s got me thinking back to my recent posts on the robotization of warfare, as well as viral warfare, military hacking and other stuff. What’s the peacefare equivalent that’s set to emerge, or presumably, has already begun emerging? Youtube activism and flash mobs are already emerging as alternatives to mass demonstrations, but what may happen when robotization really kicks in over the next decade. Got me thinking now.