The Computer has Won

(1)  "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."  –  Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
(2)  "I think there is a world market for may be five computers."  –  Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
(3)  "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."  –  Popular Mechanics, 1949
(4)  "Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput.."  –  Sir Alan Sugar, 2005

Nerds and Geeks will Rule

They will hold the ability to meet the challenges of the future. While we are sitting and eating on the couch watching sports and American Idol, they are busy changing the future. Geeks are essential to the normal functioning of billions of lives daily. Just imagine a world without the Internet, GPS, computers and smart phones today. Big businesses can't function, traffic lights stop working when computer networks are down. Geeks are pretty much running our lives whether we like it or not.

Traditional Jobs will Disappear

What happened to typists, stenographers, and proof-readers? Now secretaries, bookkeepers, personal bankers, paralegals, administrative assistants, travel agents, vocational school teachers, ticket clerks, translators, store attendants, benefits managers and media advertising roles are on the chopping board. TV news anchor was highly paid for stale evening news with a spin. Now get real time, unbiased news online.

Death of Shiny Office Buildings

Remote working is in, expensive leases of shiny buildings are out. Result-based pay is in and hourly rates are out. Commercial real estate will slump. Businesses won’t buy expensive leases except for core front office functions such as executive, sales. Employers like employees paying for own space, electricity, ISP, utilities on their dime and delivering work. What a deal! Peak hour traffic will ease. Slowly office buildings will convert into hotels and condos. Go downton for leisure.

Education is Poised for a Big Change

Cursive handwriting is out, keyboarding and thumb typing is in. Stop scolding children about handwriting. Fountain pens are dead already. Google is the free Godzilla library. Bookish education within 4 walls, ridiculous college loans for high tuition with no job propsects will die a slow death. Vocational, free and online training will flourish. New sensible revenue models will emerge. Computer skills will be required as the basics and "I know spreadsheet or word processor" will not impress.

Law and Enforcement

Big muscle, you'll report to geeks. Cyber crime will overshadow people, property crime. Less street cops will be needed. Online fraud, crime will increase and so will information security. Forensic accounting, hacking and phishing prevention, money flow tracking will be in demand. Tiny electronic video, surveillance gadgets, street cameras by police will deter corruption and crime in smart cities. Big Data will tell who's who and who's where. Computer mediators will resolve legal disputes. Unbelievable uh?

The Future is Fascinating

There is more... biotechnology will bring gene therapy, regenerative medicine of lab-grown tissues and organs, robotic and remote surgeries and advanced prosthetics to make you new again. Solar panels will be as inexpensive as a penny per square meter installed on buildings, vehicles, with solar energy farms. Nano-engineered fuel cells will be tiny and widely distributed. Clothing will change colors for day and night, space tourism will be affordable and so on... Read more about fascinating things technology will bring in the days, months and years ahead.

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