Renowned author, economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin shared his vision of a third industrial revolution at the 2019 Philosophy of Education Conference at Waterfront Campus.
Rifkin delivered an inspiring address on May 24, outlining how this revolution will create an increasingly interconnected and sustainable world and support a new economic model—the Collaborative Commons. Rifkin shares his vision of the new economic model in his 2014 book The Zero Marginal Cost Society.
A Third Industrial Revolution, Rifkin says, is the convergence of a communications, renewable energy and logistics internet, all connected to the Internet of Things—the extension of connectivity to everyday objects sending and receiving data.
“We are moving to an automated world over the first half of this century. By 2050, if we make this transition into a Third Industrial Revolution smoothly with smart digital infrastructure, we should be able to manage some of the basic goods and services we provide with very little human labour,” he said.
The theme of the 2019 conference was “Education in an Automating World”. The annual conference brings together practitioners and theorists involved in all aspects of teaching and learning. George Brown College started the Philosophy of Education Conference in 2013.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) champion Deanna Bugart also inspired conference participants with her vision of bringing more Indigenous voices and perspectives to the digital age. The second half of the conference featured breakout sessions exploring automation and its effects on education.