Spectacular "Supersociety" Possible Thanks to Highly-Human Shift?

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An unprecedented global "supersociety" may be emerging -- in spite of resource depletion, pollution and conflict that seem to be driving us to dystopia.

This surprisingly positive prospect is the fruition of key developments that are now germinating and sending out their first tentative shoots. They all engage a vastly underutilized resource: the best that is in people.

Viewing the Future through Youth-Colored Glasses

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In a recent piece on Forbes, Jason Nazar speculates on the future of business and entrepreneurship. I agree with many of his points, but I think his biases color his judgment on some points, particularly regarding age.

His fourth point reveals how ingrained ageism is in our society, to the point where stereotypes linger despite evidence to the contrary. He says:

When the Economy Transcends Humanity

What will our economy, workplaces, and society look like when we can copy our brains and build virtual workers to do our jobs? An economist looks at the next great era, a world dominated by robots.

Game Plan for a Future-Ready Workforce

The author of Future Jobs discusses the book’s mission to upgrade education systems and to connect skilled workers with new job prospects.

Trimming the Fat – Introducing the Lean Micro-College Model for Education

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Last year the DaVinci Institute launched a computer programmer training school, DaVinci Coders, and one of the key people we tapped to be one of our world-class instructors was Jason Noble. On Friday I attended a talk given by Jason at the Rocky Mountain Ruby Conference in Boulder, Colorado titled “From Junior Engineer to Productive Engineer.” DaVinci Coders is an 11-week, beginner-based training in Ruby on Rails, patterned after the successful Chicago-based school, Code Academy (later renamed The Starter League).

The Great Freelancer Movement: 8 Reasons Why your Next Job will be a Project

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By 2025, over 75% of the workforce will be comprised of Millennials, a group many refer to as the Facebook generation. That’s just over 11 years away. For big corporations this should come as shocking news. Most have been content to ride out the economic turmoil with little to no hiring, and what little did take place was rarely from this generation. Only 7% of Millennials have worked for a Fortune 500 company. As most Millennials have come to realize, finding a job is an entrepreneurial activity. You’re selling your skills to the highest bidder, or most often, just anyone willing to pay for them. If you can’t find a full time job, a part time one will do for now. Even project work will be fine.

Hi, I’m a Robot and I’m Here To Take Your Job

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One common fallacy is that people are being replaced by machines. The reality is that machines don’t work without humans. A more accurate description is that a large number of people are being replaced by a smaller number of people using machines.

Farm Worker Shortages in the Americas

The competition for farm workers may soon be heating up among the United States, Mexico, and Central America, as education and income levels rise and populations age, making agricultural work increasingly less desirable.

Highly Human Jobs

portrait of Richard Samson

As automation takes many occupations out of people’s hands, there is still much that humans can do to stay occupied, well-paid, and even happy. By letting go of our search for tasks that robots and computers can do better, we should be developing and leveraging our hyper-human skills, such as caring, creating, and taking responsibility.

Credit Banks, Testing Centers, and Micro-Credits: Missing Elements of a Future Education System

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Over the coming years we will be seeing a mass disassembling of traditional schools, with pieces reassembling around some new system architecture. Some of the missing elements are testing centers, micro-credits, and credit banks. Here is a brief overview of how and why this transition is about to occur.

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