TedXMac 2017: Dean Whittaker, Jason Sosa: Back FROM the Future


Dean Whittaker, Jason Sosa: Back FROM the Future

  • most of us do not think past 5 years
  • 50% of US jobs at risk because of automation (robots and artificial intelligence)
  • changes to the baby boomers: globalization, demographics, technology
  • technology = revolution
  • we can’t adapt fast enough so we must learn to anticipate change
  • human adaptability is not matching the rate of change in technology
  • change is revolutionary vs. change is evolutionary
  • the ‘gig economy’ working on multiple projects and with diverse teams around the world
  • this time is different - automation will replace workers (self service and augmented reality)
  • reality itself will change
  • the entire work force will need to be retrained
  • “robe advice” “robe doctors”
  • machines will be able to outperform humans at almost all tasks
  • be continuous learners and retrain self
  • abundance for some and hardships for others
  • communities will lose financial resources
  • “we need radical mindsets for this radical time”
  • technology might displace us from our jobs
  • “Gig economy” value freedom and flexibility and can do work from anywhere
  • Hope and preferred future - rapidly deploy new skills
  • acquire wealth through skills
  • Wisdom from the past, leadership of the present, and vision for the future
  • value diversity
  • own the robots
  • there is a human advantage
  • “as a community, will we choose to embrace change” - develop a learning center to re-skill our work force 24×7
  • connectivity is a key
  • implement model community initiative
  • be daring to try new ways of working and networking
  • accept failure as learning
  • “our future is determined by the choices we make today”
  • create the preferred future that is meant for us since we know with 80% certainty where it is headed

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