We Don't Have to Be Afraid of Technology

Saw this in my FB feed yesterday- robots on the cruise ship Quantum of the Seas are able to mix your drinks for you.  The luxury liner is billed as the most technology-advanced cruise ship in the world.  Image from kwgn.com

Saw this in my FB feed yesterday- robots on the cruise ship Quantum of the Seas are able to mix your drinks for you.  The luxury liner is billed as the most technology-advanced cruise ship in the world.  Image from kwgn.com

Advances in technology mean job losses in the 10 of millions in the next 10-15 years.  Robots, smart cars that can drive themselves and other techy solutions mean wage earners are going to have to find ways to reinvent themselves. 

One of Fred Wilson's partners at Union Square Ventures, Albert Wenger, formerly the CEO of del.icio.us before it got sold to Yahoo, gave a TEDx Talk earlier this year on how smart public policy could positively affect how we allow technology to affect the jobs marketplace.  If we want to be proactive about the transition to automation, here are some solution proposed by an investor in the tech sector who has obviously done some thinking through of the implications.  His short video's at the bottom.

Watching this made me jealous of all the time Albert has to do research on topics he's passionate about.  So.  So jealous.  Time has been scarce lately for me with family and friend commitments.

My project this weekend will be an economic report on why mindfulness and self-awareness is so crucial now at a time when technology is rendering entire sectors of jobs obsolete and people are either being forced to become contract workers, or they're choosing that as their lifestyle.  God help anyone who tries to claim any of my time.