When talking about break-through technologies - some place them together under the header of Exponential Innovation, while others put them together under Exponential Technology. No matter what you call them, they are those technologies where their capabilities (functionality, capacity and performance) doubles in each reporting period of time (typically annually). These technologies are at a point in their evolution where their price/performance makes them viable solutions to real-world problems that up until this point in time, could not have been functionally and/or economically addressed. Now let’s consider the current spike in the creation and discovery of advancements in technologies that bring with them creative products and services, innovative solutions, and breaking traditional best practices and or thought processes. Basically, we are talking about DRAMATIC CHANGE!
When discussing this topic, many are quick to point to the evolution of microprocessors (chips) as to the first initiation of such an occurrence and reporting. Regardless of its point of origin, it is changing how we must think about business strategy. Below are five of the more commonly referenced exponential technologies of today (alphabetical order).
- Additive aka Accretive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
- Advanced Robotics
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Human Augmentation (VR, AR and HA)
Stop for a moment and think about these five technologies and the potential implications of their exponential advancement on your organization and more importantly, your career. Now consider this represents only a small percentage of the technologies commonly put under this same exponential innovation umbrella. How prepared are you and your organization? If you’re not, time is flying by. It might be a career limiting move if you fall behind or fail to catch up.
INSIGHT: John D. Rockefeller said, "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."