Paradigm, schmaradigm! These buzzwords are not natural law. This information age of yours must piggyback on a consumer society which is based on cheap energy. We cannot sustain a society solely on trading bits and bytes. I've heard it all before, techno-grandiosity combined with a star-trek future where nothing costs any money. If you haven't noticed, we don't have the capital to give all our citizens health care, much less build anything giant in space. Energy. Trucks and international shipping doesn't run on nuclear power. Not that we have the nuclear plants anyway, or get them within the next 10-20 years. What are you smoking and can I get some? Electricity can't just be sent to other countries through the mail! There is no infrastructure to support your grandiose schemes, and little capital to start them. That is false. The Greeks were quite advanced, they even had mechanical computers. Then the Middle Ages happened. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is inevitable. And it all depended on energy. The days of cheap energy are coming to an end. Sure civilization will continue, but it will be smaller in scale, more local, less frenzied, and the possibility of political turmoil as people like you realize they have been promised a lie is very real.