In Thomas Friedman’s book, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations“, he states the following:
Indeed, there is a mismatch between the change in the pace of change and our ability to develop the learning systems, training systems, management systems, social safety nets, and government regulations that would enable citizens to get the most out of these accelerations and cushion their worst impacts.
Then he shares this regarding “Moore’s Law”, and how it would be applied to other industries if it held true today:
..if you took Intel’s first-generation microchip from 1971, the 4004, and the latest chip Intel has on the market today, the sixth-generation Intel Core processor, you will see that Intel’s latest chip offers 3,500 times more performance, is 90,000 times more energy efficient, and is about 60,000 times lower in cost. To put it more vividly, Intel engineers did a rough calculation of what would happen had a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle improved at the same rate as microchips did under Moore’s law. These are the numbers: Today, that Beetle would be able to go about three hundred thousand miles per hour. It would get two million miles per gallon of gas, and it would cost four cents! Intel engineers also estimated that if automobile fuel efficiency improved at the same rate as Moore’s law, you could, roughly speaking, drive a car your whole life on one tank of gasoline.
Then Friedman shares this:
Another big challenge is the way we educate our population. We go to school for twelve or more years during our childhoods and early adulthoods, and then we’re done. But when the pace of change gets this fast, the only way to retain a lifelong working capacity is to engage in lifelong learning.
My focus for years has not been on technology, but on how people adapt to, embrace, and create meaningful change. Go to any conference that focuses on educational technology and what most presenters won’t tell you about the technology they are teaching you to use is that it is going to be irrelevant in a few years and replaced with something better. We can be frustrated or we can adapt. Technically, you can do both, but it is crucial you do the latter.
Friedman shares this amazing quote from Marie Curie:
Ask more questions. Learn more. Adapt to, embrace, and create meaningful change. It is how we all move forward.