Ivan Latti Wholescale redundancy

What happens if people find earning opportunities reducing on all fronts apart from entrepreneurship and innovation where the majority can't succeed? In 1900 USA had about 50% working in agriculture; a century later 3%. Manufacturing going the same way and now knowledge work. First world education pulls ahead with continual improvement while the population growth occurs at the other extreme of the largely unemployable. An alternative economic and social model needs to be found to keep the bulk busy and earning. Maybe the economic meltdown is just the tip of the new age labour force redundancy iceberg?
Posted: 8 March 2012 at 08:23

Neil Jacobsohn RE: Wholescale redundancy

I believe that human ingenuity is limitless and that necessity will force many people to reinvent themselves. But yes, there will be casualties. We have often said that the futures always messy! I do agree that a new kinds of social and economic system is necessary if we are to avoid massive upheaval in the years ahead - the global wave of protests last year powerfully demonstrated that.
It's up to us to make sure our politicians and business leaders understand this. Sadly so many countries - and SA is a case in point - end up getting the governments they deserve, through their own votes.
Posted: 8 March 2012 at 09:44

Ivan Latti RE: RE: Wholescale redundancy

Hope is a risk that must be run (George Bernard Shaw)! That is a key positive of the human mind. But 'boiled frog' also happens to people; and civilizations do disappear. Current trends ignore human population numbers increase rate. Customers must be bred to sustain economic growth; the only value that is (almost) universally sacrosanct. This neutralizes per capita sacrifices in carbon footprint behavior. By 2170 there may be 100 billion, projecting the curve; in 17 centuries more people mass than the earth itself! Clearly not possible, but will we wait for the cataclysm, or use ingenuity for a new course? The mind can get around the challenge IF it is drawn to focus on the problem.
Posted: 8 March 2012 at 10:58

Neil Jacobsohn RE: RE: RE: Wholescale redundancy

Interested in buying an advance on a condo on Mars?
Posted: 8 March 2012 at 11:00

Ivan Latti RE: RE: RE: RE: Wholescale redundancy

Interested in the selective psychological processes in mind games. The earth, like us, is not sustainable forever. Our offspring ten generations on are not our friends; neither are our ancestors ten generations back; all unreachable aliens. So Mars is not needed, we can just consume it all without a care in the world.

Every zeitgeist inevitably has its predilections/leitmotivs and its blind spots or taboos. But blind spots are genetic limitations OR boring non-U tangents to be avoided OR scary possibilities blotted out for protecting homeostasis of thought, inner equilibrium. Which might it be this time?
Posted: 8 March 2012 at 12:09

Miguel Sacramento Inevitable

The future as mentioned, besides being as close as the next corner, is unavoidable and, believe it or not, depending on our behaviour with a good change of improving humanity standard of living.
We know that "Only wet babies like change" but we must prepare ourselves to face a transition that will not be easy nor unpainful. There will be millions of orphans os the former system left behind that will require our support (in all senses) in order to perceive, understand, accept and join this new way of living.
Posted: 8 March 2012 at 18:20

Neil Jacobsohn RE: Inevitable

Fully agree. But every major social transition has left its share of "orphans" behind. As you say, one measure of our progress as humanity will be the support systems we develop.
Posted: 9 March 2012 at 06:28

Miguel Sacramento RE: RE: Inevitable

Historically, there always were "orphans" left behind, that's true.
Since the beginning of mankind the main function of teaching and learnig process was to prepare men to endure transitions in their environmnet. It has worked so far but increasingly less effective. Now humanity is facing a new huge transition. I am afraid the future of humanity depends on a system that has proven obsolete and averse to changing.
Posted: 10 March 2012 at 18:24

Doug Vining The "New Boss" prefers women

In the future, when so many jobs and business functions are performed by machines, the ones that are best done by real humans will often favour female employees.

That's the basic message of this article from Open the Future. That could have major implications for gender balance in the workplace, and in the economy.
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Posted: 24 May 2012 at 10:04

Neil Jacobsohn Automate or die

Beyond 2020, 90% of all business processes will be automated, online and in real time...that's what FutureWorld wrote in our set of "beyond 2020" scenarios, penned in 2011. And as this article describes, the future is happening...
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Posted: 5 July 2012 at 07:13

Anton Musgrave Future of Collaboration

We face a fascinating future in the area of smart computing, data synthesis, crowd scourcing and collaboration. Implications for how we think, behave, connect, form network and collaborate are profound.
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Posted: 10 September 2012 at 10:10

Anton Musgrave Future of Collaboration

the landscape is evolving fast...here's another example of 'crowd-sourcing': https://www.mobileworks.com/fairtradework/
Posted: 10 September 2012 at 10:14

Neil Jacobsohn Honey, my algorithm is coming to dinner!

Seems we may not have been too far off the mark with our recent MindBullet on Big Data...read for yourself how the Xerox Corporation is using software rather than people to select staff for its call centers. Anyone in HR got a chilly sensation down their spines? But ask yourself the question: does technology of this nature threaten jobs - or free people to move up the value chain and add new value?
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Posted: 26 September 2012 at 17:46

Neil Jacobsohn Computer boss

Interesting take from the latest edition of New Scientist:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628945.500
Posted: 11 December 2012 at 07:38

Anton Musgrave Can Companies offer 'robots' real L&D?

Imagine your next company 'off-site' weekend...attended by really people and robot 'people'. Are you ready to embrace, leverage and grow with this level of diversity? How will your 'real people react? Is the the next chapter on organisational development?
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Posted: 11 February 2013 at 17:51

Neil Jacobsohn Your new boss REALLY is a machine!

Don't say we didn't warn you! See out 20912 MindBullet alongside....
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