1. I agree with Friedman’s assessment that the world is flat due to technology. However, there is an opposing viewpoint that argues the world is still round for those without access to technology.
2. The potential impacts of a flat world for a student performing a job search are significant. In a flat world, the competition for jobs increases rapidly with 1 billion people online in 2006 and an expected rise to 4 billion by 2010. As the next 3 billion people come online within the next 4 years, competition for jobs will intensify dramatically. However, despite this increased competition, students now have the ability to conduct a global job search right from their apartment. Even in Chicago, a student can accept a job in Tokyo without ever leaving their living space and start working remotely.
Developing a strong comprehension of the relationship between business and technology allows students to increase their chances of success in a globalized world. This understanding provides them with a competitive edge and enables them to thrive. Additionally, by utilizing technology, students can acquire valuable skills and expand their knowledge.
Another flattener that Friedman did not mention is the use of videophones and collaboration tools, which allow individuals to have in-person meetings regardless of their location. Additionally, Voice-over-IP technologies provide a more cost-effective alternative compared to traditional long-distance carriers.