HISTORY: Historical Singularities?

From: Ben Houston (ben@exocortex.org)
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 01:48:04 MST


I guess this is an open question or simply a statement of what is on my
mind. I hope that I am not repeating what people have already discussed.

Sometimes I think that half the world experienced a singularity like event a
few centuries ago and has been trying to catch up ever since. I guess I am
referring to radical cultural innovations of the past such as those that
created the science & technology focused Western civilization.

During colonization of the 1800's don't you think the inhabitants of many of
the exploited territories felt like they missed some singularity like event?

Below is an old article from the Economist about technological divisions in
the world that I found interesting.

-ben houston

A new map of the world
Today's world is divided not by ideology but by technology.

WITH the end of the cold war, old ideological divisions are over. Virtually
all nations proclaim allegiance to global markets. But a more intractable
division is taking hold, this time based on technology. A small part of the
globe, accounting for some 15% of the earth's population, provides nearly
all of the world's technology innovations. A second part, involving perhaps
half of the world's population, is able to adopt these technologies in
production and consumption. The remaining part, covering around a third of
the world's population, is technologically disconnected, neither innovating
at home nor adopting foreign technologies.


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