We used to think that such a thing as truth, facts, existed. We used to believe that there was an objective reality ‘out there’. Now, many of us are coming to the understanding that not only is there no single truth, there’s also no out there. Welcome to the Post-Newtonian, where everything we’ve held dear is up for grabs, where very little that has happened is an indicator of what’s to come.
So what else happens in the Post-Newtonian, in this Quantum Era? We’d advise you re-frame your predictions as probabilities. Your forecasts you can consider experiments- designed to be short, sharp testable hypotheses aimed at learning and continuous innovation. And, fundamentally, the ability to thrive in complexity and uncertainty are attributes, not only of disruptive industry leaders, but also of effective job seekers.
Digital transformation is the result of personal transformation. The personal is the professional. If technology is the only change you introduce you will be disrupted. This is the real convergence.
We at The Field respect, support and salute you on your journey into the future. We know we’re all in this together and that none of us has all the answers. How could we in times like these? And nor should we. Answers aren’t experiments and answers don’t lead to continuous learning, the right questions do.
“Everything that can be automated will be automated. The future’s not what it used to be, and your urgency probably isn’t urgent enough.”
What are the primary questions that will drive you in 2018? As a backdrop, here are some of the primary events that shaped my thinking in 2017 and early into 2018:
- Saudi Arabia grant women the right to drive and a robot the right to citizenship.
- Briefly, a cryptocurrency CEO, launches his business in2012, and becomes the world’s richest person on January 5th
- China races ahead editing the genome of live human beings using CRISPR technology to treat disease.
- China also announces its intention to become the world’s AI super-power by 2030 (read as, the world’s super-power).
- Speaking of China, Alibaba, over the course of Singles Day, their gargantuan annual e-commerce sales day, brought in revenue of $25.3 billion (in one day).
Speaking of Alibaba, here’s what its founder, Jack Ma, had to say at Davos: Jack Ma’s Keys to Success: Technology, Women, Peace and Never Complain