How the “6 Disruptors” Interrelate

How the “6 Disruptors” Interrelate

In my work, I write, strategize, and coach about how to develop three core skills for career happiness and career sustainability–mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling, and their corresponding habits. These are the skills that will help us thrive amid disruptive possibilities such as AI, Big Data Algorithms, and Biotechnology, and make wise, courageous choices in the face of Climate Change, Industrial Complexes, and the National Debt.

These six disruptors affect everyone and everything on the planet live in symbiosis with each other, for better and for worse. The better? Several of the disruptors spur economic growth and job creation, increasing marketplace competition and the urgency to innovate in order to address common and complex problems.

At the same time, such relentless economic growth proliferates inequality and consumes natural resources in a manner that continues to accelerate climate change and national debt, two untamed beasts that can destroy the very growth and quality of life that much of the developed world has come to enjoy (and for which the underdeveloped world aspires).

 
And the prevalent alienation, anxiety, depression, addiction, and health problems afflicting billions are signs that tell us we’re aware–whether consciously or subconsciously–that things are “off-kilter,” and that we feel powerless to do anything about it. 
 
Here’s just a sampling of the disruptive interrelations.
 
Big Data Algorithms gather data about everyone and everything, from every imaginable, interconnected source, This data is the inorganic life force of artificial intelligence (AI), which is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems, and its operational use is multiplying across all industries and disciplines. AI and its supporting algorithms are merging with biotechnology,  which is the manipulation of living organisms or their components to produce useful, usually commercial products–with an increasing focus on mimicking not just human behaviors but human thinking and emotions as the algorithms grow more proficient and sophisticated. 
 
The interrelationships between algorithms, AI, and biotechnology offer the potential for scientists, entrepreneurs, and politicians to become more astute and creative in ways to harness climate change, if enough of them can cooperate and collaborate and withstand the forces of nationalism that have gripped so much of the U.S. and Europe the last several years. Their success can be helped or hindered by the power and influence of the many existing industrial complexes, and also depends in large part on the collective will of politicians and industrial leaders to acknowledge the long-term impacts of national and international debt and take concrete steps to reduce it and forgive it.
 
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