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It is a safe bet that the highest-earning professions in the year 2050 will depend on automations and machines that have not been invented yet. That is, we can’t see these jobs from here, because we can’t yet see the machines and technologies that will make them possible. Robots create jobs that we did not even know we wanted done.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/12/ff-robots-will-take-our-jobs/all/

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Carlsen – the nettlesome World Champion

Carlsen – the nettlesome World Champion

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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Advances in neural networking approaches. Perhaps this will reignite the excitement around fuzzy logic and approximate reasoning that was popular several decades ago. 

Brain Corporation, a Qualcomm Ventures portfolio company, as well as Rethink Robotics’ Baxter, are steps in this direction.

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

In 2014, Every Business Will Be Disrupted By Open Technology

Breathless tone of the article aside, I agree with the following:

Passion and Connections Trump Assets and Capabilities:  In the scale economy, bigger was always better.  The aim of every entrepreneur was to grow their business in order to acquire greater assets and capabilities.  These, in turn, could then be leveraged for more growth, creating a virtuous circle. Success would breed more success.

Now, however, we are operating in a semantic economy where everything is connected and no one is safe.  No matter what business you are in, someone can come up with an idea, access the capabilities they need—from logistics to finance, technology to talent—and be competing with you by lunchtime.

The bottom line is that the function of an enterprise is no longer to create efficiency by organizing men and material, but to create value by directing passion and purpose.