Documenting the Coming Singularity

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Singularity and the changing job market

The essence of the Singularity idea is simple: accelerating technological change. That means technology is changing a lot faster today than it did 5 years ago, and it will be changing much faster still 5 years from today. I recently read an article that made me realize that this means that our jobs are changing faster, too, at least any jobs connected in any way to technology. And if you want to have a job, well, you need to be changing too. Here's that article:

NYT - July 12, 2011 by Thomas Friedman

The Start-Up of You

The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is truth in both, but I do not believe they are the whole story. I think something else, something new — something that will require our kids not so much to find their next job as to invent their next job — is also influencing today’s job market more than people realize.

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Journeyman said...

If we make a petition and politely ask Mr Friedman to save us and hang himself, would he listen? What do you think?