The future is right here . . .

  • As was indirectly mentioned in one response, the hierarchical and passive life style is a product of the industrial revolution and has been in place for only about 150 years in America and Western Europe. The development of public education was a produce of that and hence structured it for regimentation and fragmented work. We have increasingly had to struggle to return to holistic work teams and collaboration to overcome the complete inappropriateness of that education for the late 20th and all of the 21st century. Yes, education needs to change drastically but this is not a centuries old set of attitudes.
  • It was also only indirectly noted (excuse me if I missed something) that the pattern for millennials and all now is the gig economy. That is already picking up a growing percentage of the work population our of necessity. With UBI this can be a good life. Many people enjoy it if they can make enough to live but often they can’t particularly in the US without the basic rights that most people now have, e.g. full healthcare. education, nutrition, and housing. The bizarre forces working against those rights were clearly outdated in the late 20th century and are so backward as to be criminal now.
  • The nature of the IT industry as a profession created the gig economy based on easy job change or independent work based on skills. And those skills have become increasingly disconnected from traditional education.
  • The economic transformation is appearing before our eyes. See gig economy above. But there are several good comments on conversion of wealth from goods to knowledge (intellectual wealth). The link to economics is block chain and cryptocurrencies with the movement to fully understanding fiat currency and allocation of assets. This can be via shares in the GDP of a region to fund UBI or replacing GDP with social value as a measure. This avoids the old stagnant battle of wealth (capitalist) redistribution. Let the billionaires have their money. We all switch to new blockchain based shared assets focused on community and happiness (see Bhutan) and ignore them. They will come around when their factories or resource exploitative businesses are either shutdown or destroyed by climate disasters.

I think we are actually closer than we think to the new. And, with great care and skillful design, we will use Machine Learning to help manage all of this for us according to the new criteria that are not stupidly destructive of the planet.

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Educator, CIO, retired entrepreneur, grandfather with occasional fits of humor in the midst of disaster. . .

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