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We've been cursed!

From the Emerging Technologies Blog
UPDATED MAY 2020 - This blog will appear monthly from now on. Today, all organizations depend on technological innovation in order to sustain their existence. Analysis of emerging technologies and identification of those technologies with the greatest potential is essential to being prepared for upcoming projects. The objective of this blog is to establish future oriented technology analysis and insights. This blog was established to provide program and project managers with information about these emerging technologies. These emerging technologies have far reaching repercussions for program and project managers. This blog will jump-start the learning process and allow program and project managers to become proactive.

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We've been cursed!

Recently, TED, the nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through short talks and discussions contacted me.  I was asked to be the host and moderate one of their discussions. I opened the event with a quote.  The quote – ‘May you live in interesting times’ is said to be the English translation of a traditional Chinese curse. Well, given all that is happening these days, you would have to say we have been cursed. I went on to point out that everyone has a different perspective that is based on their life experiences. The cumulative analysis of multiple perspectives is what produces the greatest value. That was what we were trying to achieve.

There are multiple technologies that have begun to emerge that will impact the world in the next few years. We are talking $$ trillions of value. It is being called the ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’ and its impact on individuals and organizations will be profound. We have touched on this subject here on my blog. Wintergreen Research published a study estimating the Industrial Revolution 4.0 will grow to be $25 trillion USD in emerging market segments by 2025. To put that in context, that figure is greater than ANY country’s GDP (gross domestic product) in the world according to the latest figures in CIA world Fact Book.

To close the event I said, “The signs of the times are out there. Everyone needs to keep their eyes open and continuously read them. It is clear that adapting to the changes that lie ahead will be challenging and no one has all the answers. Areas where continuous education is needed already exist. Will the magnitude of technology advancement and the resulting changes require us to reinvent ourselves – only time will tell. Your views, opinions and interaction will likely give others the nudge they need to take action.”

Posted on: June 13, 2020 01:21 PM | Permalink

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Wow, TED that is something. You are clearly a thought leader.

I participated in your event. It was very thought provoking and interactive. You should have posed the event here on your blog so more PMs could have interacted. Just a thought for your future event. Hint Hint

Wow - TED congratulations on that. Next time let us know and we'll join to support you.
I'm a big TED fan.

Thanks Mayte - TED asked me to submit ideas about any future discussion I might like to do. I am working on one idea/concept right now and some interesting supporting figures just came out to make this even more appropriate! So I will post the TED discussion while in process on here so that PMI can be represented in the global response.

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