There is rapid advancement and evolution of technology. Kevin Kelly’s (2016) TED talk points to and predicts technological movements in the future. Kelly (2016) sees “Cognifying” – the quest to make things smarter through Artificial Intelligence or A1 – as one of the major trends at present and in the next 20 years. He believes that this trend will lead to the next Industrial Revolution. Weinberger (2011) suggests building infrastructures of knowledge based on his analysis of the Internet and technological trends. My hunch is that it is very difficult to predict how technological trends will ultimately evolve. We can have ideas as Kevin Kelly explains (see Schmitt, n.d.) but it is difficult to know or predict how these trends will evolve accurately. We have not been successful at this in the past when the trends were not that many, it will be difficult as well now. The possibilities are humongous. Currently, the Millennials are determining a lot of trends in technology. 20 years from now, there will be others after them whose choices and preferences and cultures may be different from those of the Millennials and we are not really sure what their thrust would be, no matter how we try to predict.
Leadership in a technologically advancing world where technological change is so rapid that it is difficult to accurately predict the trends and necessary skills requires us to be persons who are constantly learning. This, I believe, is a very important leadership skill needed in such a world. This is described by what Kevin Kelly calls “Becoming” (Schmitt, n.d.).
Similarly, Weinberger (2011) explains that to reap the benefits of the Internet more fully, we have to ensure that we educate everyone so as to equip all – irrespective of class, social relationships, etc – to make them more able to be ready for the changes that the mega trends (Schmitt, n.d.) will evolve into.
Closely related to the ability or capacity of on-going learning (and the capacity of one’s organization is structured in such a way to facilitate this) is the capacity and ability of leaders to keep open and dynamic minds. The openness is what is required for one to be able to be curious about new technologies. It is also what is essential for collaboration and networking with staff and other organizations in a highly networked world of the future. Dynamism is necessary to embrace better technologies that have the capacity to be more effective in responding to our needs and the services we deliver. Kevin Kelly (2016) alludes to this when he explains that in 20 years time, the technologies we currently use would have been outdated and much better ones would have been produced.
Kelly, K. (2016, June). How AI can bring on a second industrial revolution. Retrieved from https://embed.ted.com/talks/kevin_kelly_how_ai_can_bring_on_a_second_industrial_revolution
Schmitt, L. (n.d.). Short take – The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future. Retrieved from http://www.theinovogroup.com/the-inevitable-understanding-the-12-technological-forces-that-will-shape-our-future/
Weinberger, D. (2011). Too big to know: Rethinking knowledge now tht the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room. [Kindle version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com