I read an interesting email this morning and I will share parts of it with you. Basically, the article points me to this realization.
I am out of date; and not only me, but Fred as well. In fact, even our children are approaching that possibility.
We are pedaling as fast as we can to keep up. The fact is, none of us can pedal fast enough.
I don’t need to pedal that fast anyway. The truth is that if I coast, I can see more beauty around me.
There are many profound changes coming in the future. And fortunately, many of us won’t have to endure those changes. Excepting the soon return of our Lord and this Age coming to an end to usher in the next, well, the civilizations will somehow survive and life will go on.
It will just be different.
Now that I have said all this SERIOUS stuff, let’s move on to what is going to change in the near future…according to the email I received!
First, the article relates how quickly Kodak went from employing over 170,000 workers and supplying 85 percent of the world’s copy paper to bankruptcy in 10 years due to digital photography and other advances.
Kodak became obsolete!
Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age. Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5 to 10 years.
It will replace people. Here are examples.
Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. They find you on your cell phone, the company requires a credit card, they do not deal with the exchange of money, and they beat out the competition. I have used Uber and it is cheap and fast.
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties. It is a fantastic site, I have to say, and I now see why it is successful.
The need for cars will change drastically.
Computerized (self driven) cars will be the next big change. The need to own a car in the cities will disappear. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location, and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, but only pay for the driving distance. And you can be productive while you ride.
But how will people PAY for anything if there are not jobs, and if everything is automated?
Remember, I am outdated!
Future children will never own a driver’s license and never learn how to drive a car! And since 90 percent of the cars will be off the streets, there will be fewer accidents. More than 1.2 million people die per year in car accidents, and under this new automated technology the statistics are cut by 1,000 percent less.
Well, THAT is good news.
Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100 times cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Soon, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6 story office building. By 2027, 10 percent of every thing that is being produced will be 3D printed.
Do you believe that? I cannot comprehend how that works.
No wonder as we age, we look back to the “good old days.”
But often they really weren’t the “good old days.”
We all recall the older generation wringing their hands and talking about the way “it was.”
This moving-forward stuff is mindboggling!
This is a time of opportunity, however. The younger crowd can ponder about new ideas, and mull over what might be needed in the future and then develop that idea.
Not me. I am still struggling with my printer, my computer, and my cell phone.
So where is our hope?
Only one place I can think of. It’s not in Man and his noble mind and inventions. It’s in the Creator of those minds, and the Source of our being able to adapt to all of this, if we must.
I’m going coasting now.
“A Woman’s View” is Judi Tabler’s reflection of her experiences and events. She is a wife, mother, writer, teacher, grandmother, and even a great grandmother. Contact Annie at pprarieannie@gmailcom