Trends in change

The most valuable product is knowledge, and the tendency is to give it away openly. On this occasion I will not go into the whys and wherefores of this apparent contradiction, but rather postulate some tendencies that, I believe, derive from the enormous change in which we are immersed.

First, the decline of trade unionism in the Knowledge Economy. Trade unions were created in the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century to defend the rights of workers, which, at that time, were a market commodity (a commodity) just like raw materials or production machinery. Now, the knowledge worker carries all the means of production on his shoulders, in his brain, so that he is no longer a commodity, losing him puts the company in check, and is irreparable if the company has not previously managed to put a good part of his knowledge at the disposal of his colleagues.

Secondly, we are faced with an exponential increase in the speed of knowledge generation, because as knowledge becomes public, we are always walking in the same direction. on the shoulders of giants.

The loss of value of the data that we store in our brain and that we can repeat without blinking an eye. When it is the questions and not the answers that matter, there is little point in memorizing without understanding, repeating without questioning. So the value of our ability to learn and, above all, our interest in learning is increasing.

The increasing importance of our reputation, especially our digital reputation. When you walk down the street and see someone spitting on the ground, you usually think badly of that person, and four others who have seen it too; but, probably, you will not meet the spitter again or you will not remember it to take it into account. Now it's different, on the one hand we have over-excited teenagers who record their first drunkenness with their cell phone, then post it on Youtube, so that years later the HR person who is going to interview them can find it.

The educational gulf between people who ask why and those who don't, between those who read and those who see.

The return to innovate, to phrases such as renew or dieto value the creative condition of the human being, to take risks and to do crazy things. Today I wake up to news about the DARPAthe U.S. military research agency, is that they intend to create a flying car, a madness At last, after twenty sad years, one of the engines of 20th century research is finally working again, and this is great news.


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