Technologically the world is on the threshold of solving some of the biggest problems that plague us.
Imagine that within a decade we have the technological ability to start reducing global warming. Folks at Lockheed Martin think they are close with their compact fusion reactor.
Think of what our lives would be like if we eliminated disease. Malaria would be a thing of the past in 3rd world countries and just imagine cancer going the way of polio. Crispr-Cas9 is the easiest gene editing technique to date which experts say has the potential to offer us relatively disease free lives in the future.
And more technology is constantly improving our lives in other ways.
By the time I am older and no longer safe to drive myself I sure hope I can keep my independence by using a self-driving car.
Someday plane trips may never be delayed due to mechanicals because they will never have unplanned downtime. Medical testing equipment would never spit out a false positive or false negative. Mechanical efficiency would become so great more savings would be passed on to us (or used in R&D to continue to make the world better). All of these things can be possible with a combination of sensors and data and experts are calling this the industrial internet.
Every industry and every profession has a new technology on the horizon that shows great promise. Sure the early tests may be bumbling, inefficient and even a little scary so it is easy to discount these technologies as not practical, that they will never get implemented in real life. But we will probably iron out the kinks and a new age will be upon us. The question is then, what will we do?
Will we embrace the new technology and help members embrace the new technology even though it may mean some members will lose their jobs, companies will fold and new industries will be forged? Or will we defend the current way? We can choose to turn our back on these new technologies and therefore turn our back on the conversation. Or we, as the industry’s and profession’s leaders, can take the lead in these discussions to not only make sure these technologies are implemented right but also so they have the best chance of succeeding to make the world better.