Half a century on from the inception of the Internet, there are now an estimated 4 billion netizens worldwide, accounting for approximately half the global population. As the digital economy, or intelligent economy, continues to expand at a rip-roaring pace, the authors of this report believe it is worth investigating what stage the “knowledge economy” has reached. Also known as the “information economy”, “network economy”, “digital economy”, or “new economy”, this sector of the economy has evolved rapidly over the last 50 years.
In addition to this, further research efforts will be required to determine the cognitive framework needed to understand the “Consumer Internet” and the “Industrial Internet”, concepts that have emerged in recent years as the economy evolved. Furthermore, we aim to fathom out what the core agenda for the next stage of the digital, or intelligent economy, will consist of.
There are already many suggested solutions coming from various perspectives in regard to the three issues mentioned, but most of them suffer from a distinct sense of déjà vu. In this report, the authors attempt to investigate the issues from the most fundamental viewpoints: divisions of labor and social collaboration.
The relationships between individuals and society at both a micro and macro level, and the topics of differentiation and integration have constantly been a key research area in the field of social science. From an economic perspective, the study of these relationships is conducted through the analysis of divisions of labor and social collaboration. In other words: How to maintain economic order in an increasingly complex economic environment. As a slow variable, the evolution of “divisions of labor” and “collaboration” offers us a middle- and long-term entry point to observe and understand the evolution of the economic system. In this report, the authors will conduct a tentative study on the current stage of the digital economy, or the intelligent economy, from the perspective of “divisions of knowledge”.
AliResearch has issued a research report on the topic of the future division of labor and social collaboration, as the new era of intelligent economy will soon be upon us.
Some of the key findings of this report are as follows:
1.Under the catalyst of new technology clusters, the intelligent economy is gradually taking shape as the dynamic of the Consumer Internet is migrating to the Industrial Internet. This is leading to the accelerated arrival of the age of the intelligent economy.
4.The systems, attributes, and features relating to the division of labor developed by the Consumer Internet in China over the past two decades will be transmitted to the Industrial Internet through agents of capability migrations such as AliOS, the operation system for modern commerce developed by the Alibaba Group.
5. Future research--the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the division of labor and social collaboration.
For more details, please read AliResearch's latest report: "Intelligent Economy: the division of knowledge 2.0"