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The Changing Technology Landscape

Ben Brain Droppings

Look around you. Are you the youngest? The old fart? Or just another mediocre guy in the middle struggling to get by? Or maybe you are the killer sales rep who just clicked off this post.

Nevermind… I’ve somehow always been the oldest geek in the room, for whatever that’s worth. There has rarely been a day that I have not interacted with a computer since 1961. Yes, 1961! I have always tried to find a technology solution to any problem. And that has caused me more problems that I care to discuss right now.

The big problem — as I see it — is that the world, both professional as well as personal, is moving at a breakneck speed. I know that the younger readers can simply accept that this is the norm and keep on trucking.

But you are not running fast enough. You never will. The thing that overtakes you, makes you obsolete, irrelevant, meaningless is already in beta. A few more tweaks and it will be upon you and me.

Zombies, run!

Unless this happens. Then run faster than the guy behind you.

Your profession will last a few more years — more if you can change with the seasons and stay ahead of the coming waves.

I really don’t mean to sound so pessimistic. What I am really trying to say is that your profession, your daily job — unless it involves improving our collective lives, yours and mine — is just not that important.

In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
— Eric Hoffer