140boost in transportation by IST?
- Feb 10, 2003Dear Readers,
again and again we could hear about the potential benefits of information
technology with respect to the substitution of motorways by data highways
But in reality we observed an increase of transportation of goods and
persons. Why is there such a difference between theory and reality ?
The reason is a fundamental error which can be found in current
dematerialisation theories. They suppose that the information society
SUBSTITUTES the industrial society. But more and more evidence shows that
the information society ADDS on the industrial one.
In a new study this is illustrated by an interesting parallel to the
industrial revolution: The industrial society also did not substitute but
add on the agricultural one (if we consider the environmentally relevant
production and not just the jobs !).
The study was prepared for the SASKIA project of the EC and can be
downloaded in the "background" section of the website
There is also a restricted number of paper copies available which can be
ordered free of charge via info@...-ulm.de
Dr. Thomas Schauer
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