Signs of the Times #4: Killer Apps

 

On January 11, 2016, I wrote an article entitled “Signs of the Times #3: Thoughts on Jobs and Jobs Training“. In that article I said that: “It appears that we are experiencing a massive economic quake of disruptive technology. I took a look at history around the year 1900 because that’s when electricity, the telephone, the combustion engine, to name only three inventions, were discovered and adapted to general use for business and the consumer. What’s different this time is the speed at which discovery and integration into “general or common” use is accelerating. Adaptability is the key to any success and, of course, we humans adapt to different things at different paces.”

I have been thinking about the phrase that I’ve heard several times in the past: “There’s an App for that!” and indeed my mind started clicking about the “science and impact of Apps (software applications)” because of a local program that highlighted an enterprising man who started a snowplowing and lawnmoving business. It works around such a smartphone app. Customers can contact and schedule snow plowing jobs or lawn mowing jobs just by using the scheduling “app”. I don’t know why that particular news piece should have triggered my brain but it did. I got to thinking about how many times I have heard the quip “There’s an App for that!” Another comment I have heard is that something is a “killer app.” Well, these “killer apps” are killing jobs and businesses yet creating jobs and businesses.

Interestingly, today, January 22, 2016, I came across an article featured on the World Economic Forum website. It is entitled: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What It Means and How to Respond. The article first appeared at another website: www.foreignaffairs.com. Written by Klaus Schwab, the article really speaks to what’s happening to our world. I enjoyed reading the article and hope that you do too.

I know that it’s little solice to read that someone else “sees” what you know or have been thinking, feeling, perceiving anyway and already, but Klaus Schwab is Chairman of the World Economic Forum…the economic meeting being held at Davos, Switzerland during January, 2016. The “Big Money” is attending Davos and the “Big Companies” are attending Davos festivities.

As I said in my article quoted above, “What’s different this time is the speed at which discovery and integration into general or common use is accelerating. Adaptability is the key to any success and, of course, we humans adapt to different things at different paces.” Funny thing (at least to me) I’m one of the “resisters” to technology in the sense that I truly don’t want a “‘smart phone”. I’m happy with making call, getting calls, using speakerphone if I need it. I’m one of those millions who grew up in the pre-cellphone days. I was an “early adapter” when personal computers were first becoming commercially available. Heck, I started learning to use a computer when IBM had “memory typewriters” and then I started using the “Trash 80” (Radio Shack TRS80). That was in 1977.

But technology marches on and even though I don’t want a smartphone I’ll probably have one by the end of 2016! You can’t fight progress, you can only postpone it at your own risk.
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