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Facing the lion speed of change… December 7, 2009

Posted by Emily Lin in As The Future Catches You.
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The book provides striking evidence to support its main theme: the near future would be highly driven by IT revolution, molecular revolution, and bioinformatics / biocomputing. The three major advancements reinforce and accelerate each other in an exponential speed. However, a lot of countries or organizations still fail to realize the fact, and those who do not pay close attention to the trend would be falling apart in an unexpected faster speed.

“What our world looks like in fifty or a hundred years depends to a significant extent on our ability to adopt and adapt the ethical, political, and economic challenges of the digital-genomics era.”

Coming from Taiwan, I am particularly interested in the author’s description about Taiwanese’s achievements in economy and technology, and am encouraged by his theory of “small would win over big”. The growth of economics would be no longer requires natural resources, but rather the agility and concentration on knowledge-based services. The wealth of a country would be depending on “knowledge-export ratio: value-added exports / commodity exports”, and its ability to protect its knowledge. “The future belongs to small population who build empires of the mind.” And the future is coming in a faster speed than many thought.

It must be controversy to Americans, but it is very interesting for me to hear the term: “IC – Indians and Chinese – who prosper Silicon Valley”. “United States is borrowing great minds from India and China.” US economic growth would highly dependent on maintain its attractive environment to retain foreign knowledge-based workers.  On the other side of the talent acquisition race, whether India and China could catch up depends on whether these countries could nurture pro-knowledge  environments that invest in education and public health, reward entrepreneurs, and emphasize on knowledge-based industries.

I am worried about the increasing discrepancy between the earnings of the richest versus the poorest (427 to 1!) It seems that the rich would get richer and the poor may never get a chance to revert back because lack of resources in education. Moreover, concentration also happens in giant companies. The power of big companies outgrows many small countries. Social responsibilities of big companies would become an increasingly important topic.

Facing the “lion speed” of change, we have to versatile and adaptive. “The only way to make a successful career is to being a free agent…Is to learn how to understand and use new concepts and technologies.” We have to be prepared at the mobility-nature of knowledge-based work, and be ready to leave at a faster time than ever before. “Those who leaved are the most valuable.”

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