Maybe thinking and acting "globally" and can be a positive new paradigm, but maybe not. In the short term maybe our brains and worlds will just go "haywire" - too much information, too much acceleration, too many choices, a large planet reduced to a small playground.
Robb is sort of predicting some kind of "black swan" event (a meteor? an Alien Invasion? maybe the avian flu?) that blows a hole in the fabric of the new thing, upsets the apple cart and brings us back down to some more sustainable (reasonable) existence.
And then there will be some kind of retrenchment. In the pain, the tumult, the chaos a smaller scale, sustainable mode of existence will emerge - whether we want it or not. Then again maybe all of this is poor crystal gazing. Thinking about the future, trying to read the day and making guesses about what's gonna happen is sort of a "mug's game." Still it does exercise the brain matter.