Surviving in the future, 6 choices, 6 questions

  • Compared to the adoption of the telephone, we now are 50 times quicker at mass adoption
  • The first solar cell was invented in 1954
  • Today, the Internet is responsible for US$2.6 trillion in e-commerce sales. Before 1994, that figure was exactly $0.
  • Today, 8 million people are employed in renewable energy, as many as 37 million people globally will be employed in this industry by 2030
  • Watson outperformed the collective US-based cancer research effort with its US$5 billion in funding by 600%
  • Graphene, which is about 200-times stronger than steel, a million times thinner than a human hair, and an efficient conductor of heat and electricity, gram for gram, it is one of the most expensive materials on earth, with a micrometer-sized flake costing more than $1,000.
  • The average lifespan of a corporation listed on the S&P 500 has dropped from around 60 to approximately 18.31
  • Only 40 percent of the web is commercially manufactured. The rest is fuelled by duty or passion.
  • In the next 10 years, 99 percent of the artificial intelligence that you will interact with, directly or indirectly, will be nerdily narrow, supersmart specialists
  • There is a switch from “ownership that you purchase” to “access that you subscribe to”
  • We’ll probably reach Zetta in a few years. Yotta is the last scientific term for which we have an official measure of magnitude. Bigger than Yotta is blank. Until now, any more than a Yotta was a fantasy. But we’ll be flinging around yottabytes in two decades
  • A zillion hyperlinks will give you information and behaviour you could never expect from a hundred thousand links
  • The cloud will become our extended soul (it is called Lifestream)
  1. Afraid or excited?
  2. Pessimist or optimist?
  3. Embrace or reject?
  4. Adapt or die?
  5. Fragile or anti-fragile?
  1. Do you understand exponential?
  2. What sources of information do you need?
  3. Who are the gurus you should track?
  4. What filters will you apply?
  5. What is your strategy to remain relevant?

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