The Weightless World is the first book to map an economic world that has been turned upside down by digital technology and global business. How will our careers, businesses, and governments change in a world where bytes are the only currency and where the goods that shape our lives—global financial transactions, computer code, and cyberspace commerce—literally have no weight? Addressing such problems as economic inequity and unemployment, Diane Coyle calls on individuals and governments to develop a new politics of weightlessness so that the economic benefits can be shared fairly. She proposes the creation of a "radical center" as the way to a new era of human creativity and economic prosperity.
"This is a wonderfully refreshing read. You've heard the standardstories—the gee-whiz optimism of the technophiles, the pessimism ofthe neo-luddites. Coyle offers something completely different. Eachchapter offers a novel, often unsettling perspective about thefuture. For sure she will turn out to be wrong about some things—butno matter. This is one of those rare books that force your thoughtsout of their usual grooves."
—Paul Krugman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, authorof Pop Internationalism and The Age of Diminished Expectations