Third Industrial Revolution by Jerimy Rifkin: Do we have now our narrative for it?

Jerimy Rifkin recently published Third Industrial Revolution. Rifkin has worked as a consultant for the European Union and helped develop their 20-20-20 agenda (a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase  in renewable energies until 2020). With this agenda, the European Union has implemented the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution in its policy.

The five pillars are as follows:

  1. Change to renewable energies.
  2. Change the buildings to micro-power plants generate renewable energy.
  3. Usage of H2- and other energy storages in all buildings and at the cross points of the grid to equalize the availability of power.
  4. Using internet technology to manage the smart grids that are necessary to take the electrical power from the different sources and distribute it to potential users.
  5. Change transportation to electric cars or fuel cell cars only.

These technical pillars are the foundation for the change in the Third Industrial Revolution.

Rifkin demonstrates where the different countries stand at the present time and the development he expects for the different world regions. Until this point, I was only fascinated by the book, but I now thought—This is the narrative for our future.

Rifkin describes the changes that should take place in our education system, economy, and society in general. In the third chapter, he changes his writing style. It is much more scientific and describes a vision. This part is still not clear enough to be our narrative for the future. But this part is very important to the development of our future as a system. We should know soon which business model we should use to install renewable energies. Changing the behavior and value system of society takes a long time. Generations are necessary to change society, and I agree with Rifkin: It has to start in our education system.

This task is political, and the visionary must assure that this change leads to the Third Industrial Revolution will not be pinned half it way. It has to be also clear enough to motivate all of society.

A “must-read” book overall should create an image of society development and what renewable energies are necessary for change. The U.S. is building centralized renewable energy parks. This will have a much lower impact on economic and societal changes than Rifkin and the European Union’s approach.  We have to decide what we really want. To finalize the narrative of our future should be a common interest.

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  2. Dear Jerimy Rifkin,
    Thank you so much for Third Industrial Revolution. I agree with your opinion for our future.
    However, huge sizes of wind turbines and organization of production and service of electric or other type of vehicle require huge investments and long time of production. It is not warranty that manufactures will build electric car design with ignoring again Creator’s laws of lever and inertia for getting huge “easy” money by connection motor directly to wheels. There is main reason to provide indirectly excessive emissions by increased number of coal and nuclear companies that also more profitably for manufacture than renewal energy using. In addition, it provides also new utilization problem of excessive number of batteries for taxpayer’s payment.
    Do are you sure will be cheapest cost of this vehicle design? It is not as the practice has shown in condition of unlimited money creation. May be better and cheaper to create human global law for protection of Physics Laws from freedom of manufactures to build car design that breaks health and life rights of all people on planet? Today we have basic to do so according to letter below:
    Revolutionary green way is a gearbox apparatus of less gears or maybe shafts reduces power, cost, energy consumption and emissions of motor by using only its shaft maximum torque or idle speed that creates little noise up to nothing.
    I have invented a revolutionary green way to create above 1,000 state-of-the-art designs of gearbox apparatuses are based on Physics & Math Laws calculations by two patents 8,011,274 at 09/06/2011 and 7,191,676 at 03/20/07. They save money for both customer and manufacture and prevent environment, economic collapse today and machines noises are damages of people health.
    There is revolutionary method of shift gearbox apparatus designs transforms the well-known machine propulsion so that:
    1) The conflict between the existing transmission and the interior acceleration system of motor shaft is eliminated by using only its idle speed or highest torque that is increased and decreased by shift MDUFEE gearbox apparatus that produces torques and also overdrive speeds as will, therefore, it provides: a) reducing or eliminating noise of machines; b) to cut up to 80 % unnecessarily mechanical energy that is in the form of excessive motor heat; c) to cut condition of the harmful gas – nitrate oxides (NOx) creation by much lower interior temperature of the motor; d) increasing speed of fully loaded heavy- duty truck on uphill by less heat of the motor cooling fluid; e) longer life of wheels brakes.
    2) It will cut unnecessarily large motors and weights are required a) in larger machines designs that ignore physics law of lever or using transmissions such as locomotives, helicopters, ships, submarines, CNC machine tools etc. that require more energy in above 7 times; b) in lightweight vehicle with automatic transmission of torque converter or continuous variable without interior brakes that works as clutch requires too large motor or more energy in above 2 times; c)in heavy-duty equipment with transmission such as tractors, tank, bulldozers, etc. that require more energy in above 3 times.
    3) It will improve vehicle maneuverability: a) driver saves time by getting any speed without the gas or electro-magnetic field acceleration; b) land vehicles uses front, rear, or all wheels temporarily and many reverse speeds; c) the watercraft or aircraft have much increased turning speed.
    4) A great deal of money saving by using less gears and maybe shafts. Original design produces 272 forward/170 reverse overdrive speeds and torques with added only 2 shafts in comparison to existing heavy-duty truck gearbox that produces only 18 forward and 2 reverse torques. A number of forward speeds are increased in 15 times!!! (Look patent # 8,011,274)
    5) It uses the same machine tools, equipment and other items are used by the existing production.
    6) It improves safety of vehicle by eliminating the pedal of accelerator nearby to brakes pedal that driver uses only the steering and brakes pedal at an automatic regime.
    7) It cuts noise of vehicle and other machines in the process of work.
    Revolutionary propulsion design opens opportunity to get a brand new business of high-paying jobs to transform the existing machine propulsions those tailored to customer’s interests such as:
    1) Propulsion saves and returns back money by consuming less energy.
    2) It saves time to get needed speed of vehicle wheels without acceleration.
    3) It saves time of vehicle turning around by using two or more reverse speeds.
    4) It saves time of water /air craft turning by using also it as operation system.
    5) It saves additional energy by using front, or rear, or all wheels temporarily on hill/off-road.
    6) It is operated by manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic regimes with computer.
    7) Simple and safety operation of vehicle by only steering and brakes at full automatic regime.
    8) It saves money of preventing noise of machines and illnesses of people.
    In total, the machines comprising existing propulsion have eighteen disadvantages including vehicles maneuverability (see http://www.repowermachine.com) that are solved by this simple God’s idea that I describe only because I am MS in Mechanical Engineering and I have worked at the huge shift gearbox manufacture during over 18 years.
    Please contact me if you are interested in licensing the patents and desire a relationship with me to develop gearbox apparatus systems for existing vehicles, CNC machine tools, heavy-duty equipment and other power quiet machines and will found many small and middle manufactures. I look forward to hearing from you and feel free to send this information anywhere.

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