New Age of Intelligence by Randy Lee


Random thoughts on Innovation:

Back in the 90's intelligence was measured through IQ tests and critical analyzations.  It used to be about how much you know and how fast you can learn it.  Now fast forward 20 years and you'll see that our IQ is concentrated on one question:  How fast can you google?  Yes in the advent of technology, Google is replacing every textbook out there.

We have saved millions of trees only to cut them down anyways and build more houses than we really need (Partially due to cheap supply and the abundant amount of space not needed for tree harvesting).

No longer are we relying on the US Postal Service as much as we used to.  (Thus forcing the Govt. to reevaluate the structure of the business model).  

Media is slowly breaking down into our own independent channels.
A new study showed that 65% of Americans rely on the internet for their news.  Flashback 10 years ago when having AOL News was merely an alternative to the ever-so reliable newspaper.  Where are they now?  Overshadowed and washed up- that's where.   The Tribune Company has dwindled while Time-Warner AOL plummeted to an all-time low, forcing their historical merger to cut ties and head in different directions.  

We really need to be smart about our approach.  Innovation is indeed a fine asset but what's the point of taking 3 steps forward if it's only going to set you 5 steps back?  

Is this fast pace of technology hurting us rather than improving?  Well that's a debate we can have 10 years from now.

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