Monday, August 15, 2005

The World is Flat

I've been reading a new book, The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. It's true, it is. Really! Well not from a geometric perspective but from a technological perspective.

Just to give a little taste. Here's a quote from the first chapter "While I was sleeping"

"If you are an American, you better be good at the touchy-feely service stuff, because anything that can be digitized can be outsourced to either the smartest or the cheapest producer, or both."

His point, clearly made here, is that activities that can be digitized and decomposed will move around the world (thus the flatness) wherever and whenever a cheaper place is found.

Oddly enough, he makes some very interesting comparisons with Christopher Columbus and his world travels. It's not just interesting but well written.

"Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier." -Christopher Columbus