The main premise of the book is that due to technology, innovation, globalization, and the internet, the world has become so interconnected that it is basically “flat”. This flattening the author states will bring down the United States’ standard of living because countries such as China, and India can compete on the global scale. This was a real wake up call for me to take nothing for granted.
It was fascinating to hear about the tough mathematical regimen that India and China have for their students. A smart student in a foreign country with the assistance of the internet can change the world. I took this to mean that something better change real quick in American education or we will be left behind.
I learned that UPS has in-sourced many other companies’ supply chains so that UPS fixes laptops made by Toshiba at a UPS warehouse rather than sending back to Japan. Another fascinating take was that computer programmers routinely share and work on programming together. This collaborative effort creates better software for the world and for consumers.
This book will leave you in awe of how fast this world is moving.