Loyalty and Stability VS Rapid Change and Exponential AI growth

Author: Brad Howard   Date Posted:11 May 2017 

My dad is one of the most loyal people I know. He is a diehard Fremantle Dockers supporter who travels from Bunbury to Perth every second weekend to watch them play and rarely misses a game. He will watch them through rain, hail or shine and when they are the top or bottom of the ladder. He doesn’t criticise the players (never shy of have a go at the umpire though) and supports them at every opportunity. Along with this loyalty he has been married to my mother for 55 years and worked in the same career as a builder from 13 years of age until retirement at 65. This is a pretty common story for a person 65 years of age older in Australia particularly regards their career. Many of my father’s generation had less than a handful of jobs and employers in the whole 50 year plus working career.

How different the world is now and will continue to rapidly change into the future. It has become a very different work and career environment where we see many career changes, workplace changes and relocation to many different countries as the norm. The students of today will face even more change which presents great challenges and also great opportunities. As companies start and end with shorter lifespans and continual reinvention such as Nokia, starting as a rubber boot manufacturer to become the world’s largest mobile phone company and then almost closing down because it lost most of this market. Companies have learnt to more flexible or die, thus the workforce has also learnt to be more flexible and mobile, “loyalty” and “stability” have been antiquated terms in the workplace.

Why such rapid change? The fundamental ingredient to this change is the exponential growth of Artificial Intelligence. This AI has been made so much easier to use thus individuals are equipping themselves with the skills and knowledge to quickly learn and adapt, be flexible, mobile and take unconventional paths. No greater exponents of this movement are the Generation Y’s (30 – 45 year olds) and the Millenials (15 -29 year olds). For many loyalty and stability is not in their vocabulary and these terms will be even more redundant with the kids in primary school today.

Therefore it is up to those of us who are 46 years of age and older to shift our thinking to ensure we can embrace the new generations and their thoughts, values and attitudes and aclimatize ourselves to the rapid changes lead by artificial intelligence.

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