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Waves of Civilization Development and the Digital Revolution

Waves of Civilization Development and the Digital Revolution
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Copyright: 2022
Pages: 7
Source title: The Strategies of Informing Technology in the 21st Century
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Andrew Targowski (Independent Researcher, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8036-3.ch001


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This chapter analyzes the evolution of civilization via the concept of civilizational waves. Seven waves are identified: (1) the agricultural wave, (2) the industrialization wave, (3) the information wave, (4) the globalization wave, (5) the virtualization wave, (6) the bio-material wave, and (7) the artificial intelligence wave. After discussing the key characteristics of each wave as well as their impacts upon civilization, the chapter then analyzes and discusses the two most important revolutions in the last 220 years: the Industrial Revolution and the IT Revolution. The chapter also develops a model showing the relationship between the civilizational waves and revolutions.

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