There are another two words I would like to introduce into the discussion: “democratization” and “personalization”. We are encountering many new technologies and they are going through phases. Most simply put they are going from specialist who is knowledgeable how to use the technology for the user, to technologist who uses the technology on behalf of a knowledgeable user, to personal where the generalist knowledgeable user interacts with the technology directly.
We are experiencing mass personalization of technology. And this is leading to further phenomena. Personal Cooperation and Personal Corporation. People are as Howard Rheingold www.rheingold.com describes sharing more and more information freely. But they are also discovering the worth of their reputation and knowledge and turning it into a business like Guy Kawasaki www.guykawasaki.com who is using ghost writers on twitter.
I foresee everyone sharing their personal knowledge cooperatively and upon establishing worth selling the best of their personal knowledge corporately.
It is a beautiful future where everyone is personally incorporated and everyone personally outsources to everyone else globally.
Sharing information freely and openly is a dead end game, because we all have to make a living.
Sharing information on a globally set price scale and reputation system that recognizes the worth of the information and work every incorporated individual can provide is Open Capitalism (you heard it here first) and will free us from exploitation.
Let’s turn the race for the bottom back into a personal global race for the top.
This will be the true “Knowledge Economy”.