Technology and Our Economic Future
There is mounting evidence that technology is repaving our economy. We have been saying for years that we are in a post-induslrial economy but it goes far beyond that. We are entering a post-scarcity economy and this undermines many of the fundamental principles of how people live and work that date back for centuries. MIT Economists Erik Brynolfsson and Andrew McAfee have explored this topic extensively in two books, The Second Machine Ageand Race Against the Machine.
What we need to start understanding is that we are largely powerless to change the pace of change. There are strong economic factors that create demands for efficiency will drive technological change and this, in turn, will challenge humans to adapt, both individually and societally. This means that new skill sets will come to the fore, which we need to teach, train, and embrace ourselves or risk being left behind.
In this world innovation and learning become increasingly indistinguishable. Innovation is learning about something hasn’t been invented yet. And as Alan Kay said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Teachers invent the future; innovation can be taught; and all true innovators are ultimately educators. IdeaSpaces are designed to facilitate teaching others, teaching oneself, and changing people to allow them to change the world.