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本家大元のThomas Friedmanは今はThe World Is Fastと呼んでいるようです。flatとfastは音も似ていますので彼のネーミングセンスは健在です。昨年秋の中東での講演はゆっくりはっきり語っているのでとてもわかりやすいです。



The World Is Fast については1年半前くらいにNYTで書いていました。英検でもおなじみの論点を3つあげる書き方をしていますが、具体例の上げ方やIn sum, we’re in the middle of three “climate changes” at once: one digital, one ecological, one geo-economical.という鮮やかなまとめ方など、相変わらず見事です。容易に参考にすることはできませんが。。。

The World Is Fast
Recent Elections Missed the Biggest Challenge of All

Thomas L. Friedman NOV. 4, 2014

Why is that the biggest challenge? Because: The world is fast. The three biggest forces on the planet — the market, Mother Nature and Moore’s Law — are all surging, really fast, at the same time. The market, i.e., globalization, is tying economies more tightly together than ever before, making our workers, investors and markets much more interdependent and exposed to global trends, without walls to protect them.

Moore’s Law, the theory that the speed and power of microchips will double every two years, is, as Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson posit in their book, “The Second Machine Age,” so relentlessly increasing the power of software, computers and robots that they’re now replacing many more traditional white- and blue-collar jobs, while spinning off new ones — all of which require more skills.

And the rapid growth of carbon in our atmosphere and environmental degradation and deforestation because of population growth on earth — the only home we have — are destabilizing Mother Nature’s ecosystems faster.

In sum, we’re in the middle of three “climate changes” at once: one digital, one ecological, one geo-economical. That’s why strong states are being stressed, weak ones are blowing up and Americans are feeling anxious that no one has a quick fix to ease their anxiety. And they’re right. The only fix involves big, hard things that can only be built together over time: resilient infrastructure, affordable health care, more start-ups and lifelong learning opportunities for new jobs, immigration policies that attract talent, sustainable environments, manageable debt and governing institutions adapted to the new speed.


The world is fastをいう前はhyperconnected worldを使っていました。2013年時点の説明ですが、動画の講演でも触れていますね。


Thomas Friedman Answers Your Questions
By HEATHER TIMMONS date published FEBRUARY 18, 2013 1:19 AM


Q. By far the most popular reader question was: Is the world still flat?
A.
I wrote the “World Is Flat” in 2004.
I have to confess, I now realize the book was wrong. The world is so much flatter than I thought.
When I wrote “The World Is Flat,” Facebook didn’t exist, Twitter was still a sound, the cloud was still in the sky, 4G was a parking place, LinkedIn was a prison, applications were what you sent to college, Big Data was a rap star and Skype was a typo. All of that came after I wrote “The World Is Flat.”
And so what it tells you is all those trends have actually taken us from a connected world to what we’re now in, which is a hyper-connected world. It’s a difference of degree. It’s a difference in kind.
I believe it is changing every job, every industry and every market.
The trends I identified have only intensified in every direction, enabling individuals to complete, connect and collaborate so much faster, farther cheaper and deeper.


時代の変化を感じさせる例としてFacebook didn’t exist, Twitter was still a sound, the cloud was still in the sky...の部分は本当に秀逸です。単に「時代が変化した」と聞くだけでは実感がともなわず素通りしやすいですが、このような例を聞くことで実感を持って「本当に時代が変わってしまったのだな」と時代の変化を感じることができます。
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