Future of Work : The Impact of Future Technology
James Canton, Ph.D.
Futurist, Social Scientist, Author and Public Speaker
Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and sought-after business advisor. For the past twenty-five years, he has been insightfully forecasting trends - and their implications - in the fields of technology, healthcare, the life sciences and consumer behavior.
In his position as Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, a San Francisco-based think tank and global consultancy, Dr. Canton has counselled corporations and governments worldwide. He also serves as an advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation and is on the advisory board of MIT Media Lab, Europe.
A sought-after public speaker, Dr. Canton has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He receives consistent praise for his unique ability to blend fascinating previews of breakthroughs in science and business with world-class presentation showmanship. Successful Meetings Magazine recently named him as one of the top presenters in the nation.
A frequent guest on radio and television shows nationwide, he has served as a commentator on CNN, Financial News, where his thoughtful coverage and creative ideas have earned him the nickname, "the Digital Guru." Media coverage about Dr. Canton's innovative vision of the future have appeared in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit View The Institute for Global Futures website
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What are the top technologies we must have to drive competitive advantage in the future? How can we use technology to differentiate our company in a commodity-based global market? What are the key technology strategies that will help us win and keep customers? Understanding how to manage change about technology may be one of the most important business-critical challenges facing leaders today, and the least understood. Technology strategy and change management is one of the central ways the enterprise will survive in the next century.
The emerging fields of nanoscience and nanoengineering are leading to unprecendented understanding and control over the fundamental building blocks of all physical things. This is likely to change the way almost everything is made.
The rapid evolution of advanced technology has constantly served up innovation after innovation in super-compressed time frames--from the mapping of the Human Genome and cloning to supercomputers and the Internet. Information technology is now responsible for as much as one third of the US Gross National Product. This is an astounding metric validating that we are entering an era driven by accelerated technology developments that have increasingly a significant economic value. We are in the midst of a large-system paradigm shift driven by accelerated exponential growth of new technology. Nanotechnology is a continuation of the next chapter in the acceleration of advanced technology and perhaps, more importantly, it may indicate the transformation of the future global economy.
The convergence of nanotechnology, information technology, biotechnology and cognitive science, which together is referred to here as Convergent Technologies, will play a dominant role in shaping the future economy, society and industrial infrastructure.
It is as if we are living in the Middle Ages just before the dawn of the Renaissance. Moments ago, we invented the computer. Then by accident, we converted the Net from a government experiment into a global marketplace. Cloning was an invention of fiction, not science. Computers that could win at chess were another fantasy, not tangible machines. The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place: The Renaissance is taking shape !