The trust economy is the future, but what this will mean for family structures is even more interesting . . .
The future is the ‘trust economy’
. . . as you may recall, family structure comes in a variety of flavors, but two essential "camps." The first is the Hierarchical Family structure (HF), or the Atomized Nuclear Family structure (ANF). The HF is simply a family structure which resembles the Mafia, a bureaucratic structure with generally the oldest male at the head. The ANF is the opposite, with each couple being independent from the rest of the extended family.
The trust economy will finally put pressure on the rest of the world which uses the HF structure to begin to move towards, and adopt the ANF structure. This will allow the rest of the world to begin adapting to the more dynamic economic characteristics of the ANF.
The Internet has been, and will continue to push the world towards an Anglospheric world view, with English as the primary world language, with free trade, and lower barriers to the international movement of people. Over time this will allow the world to more fully participate in the prosperity we are finding here at the End of History.