Socio-Economic Implications of the Digital Revolution

Helbing. D. and Hausladen, C. (2022), Socio-Economic Implications of the Digital Revolution, in: Chen, P., Elsner, W. and Pyka, A. (eds.), Handbook of Complexity Economics, Routledge, London, New York, 2022.

27 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Dirk Helbing

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS)

Carina Ines Hausladen

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS)

Date Written: January 22, 2021

Abstract

The digital revolution is reinventing business models, reshaping economic sectors, and changing entire societal institutions. Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, profiling and targeting, and several other technological developments are now fundamentally changing the ways economies work. This contribution discusses opportunities and threats of the "Attention Economy" and "Surveillance Capitalism", with a focus on systemic changes. These are associated with developments such as "more data", "more speed", "more networking". This contribution will also compare two paradigms: one that is based on a data-driven, AI-controlled, and largely centralized vision of society and its optimization, and one that is focused on empowerment, coordination, cooperation, self-organization, self-regulation, co-evolution, and collective intelligence in a distributed framework. It will be illustrated that suitable network effects are critical to a more cooperative and sustainable economy. Based on these insights, the possibility of a new, circular, and synergistic organization of supply chains and a new, symbiotic economy will be highlighted.

Keywords: sharing economy,  collaborative economy, big data, data protection, privacy, right of access,  collective intelligence, wisdom of crowds, complex systems, selforganization

JEL Classification: A14, B53, C7, D02, D52, D82, E42, H23, H42, K22

Suggested Citation

Helbing, Dirk and Hausladen, Carina Ines, Socio-Economic Implications of the Digital Revolution (January 22, 2021). Helbing. D. and Hausladen, C. (2022), Socio-Economic Implications of the Digital Revolution, in: Chen, P., Elsner, W. and Pyka, A. (eds.), Handbook of Complexity Economics, Routledge, London, New York, 2022., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3771289

Dirk Helbing (Contact Author)

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) ( email )

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
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Zurich, 8092
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Carina Ines Hausladen

ETH Zürich - Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (GESS) ( email )

Stampfenbachstrasse 48
Zürich, 8006
Switzerland

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