How Fast Things Change

by Jim on September 13, 2016

I was looking over this blog, which I started just over 10.5 years ago. Can you imagine how many things have changed since then. Remember in February 2006:

  • LinkedIn was three years old,
  • Facebook was just about two,
  • YouTube was about six months old, and
  • Twitter was not born until March 2006.

Over the past 10 years, a number of new technologies were introduced. A few took off and more took off and faded out.

Back in 2006, video was slated to take off. I remember hearing M.C. Hammer, on a podcast, talk about how he saw the future of video as he watched the first servers going into YouTube in 2005. Today, video is mandatory regardless of what you are doing within your business. More importantly, live streaming has really grabbed a foothold. Google has two applications with Hangouts and YouTube Live, while Facebook introduced Facebook Live and is establishing a foothold.

Then there are a myriad of personal live streaming applications brought out within the last year. These include Blab, Periscope, Meerkat, and Nomad. Six months ago  everyone was talking about Blab. Then all of a sudden, the Blab team decided to remove it from the market while they redesign it. They encountered confusion that came about from two diverse groups whose use were at odds with each other. Business people had specific things they were using Blab for to stimulate and create new opportunities. However, individuals were using it as an extension of the party atmosphere that exists on Facebook. Last thing I read was the the Blab team intends to re-launch it and focus on the individuals and how they want to use it and not on business people.

The thing that I want to emphasize here is the rapidity of change that is occurring. I recently took a course delivered by Peter Diamandis titled Exponential Abundance where Peter emphasized the issue. He talked about how most people think that change is occurring in a linear fashion, but the reality is that things are moving in an exponential speed. If you are not cognizant of this speed, you can completely miss out on opportunities. For example, suppose you saw what was happening on Blab last year and decided that you would create apps to take advantage of the business applications that you saw. Twelve months later, Blab is no longer available and when it is re-launched, it is not for business. Who would have thought?

It seems that many technologies are accelerating exponentially and will generate new solutions that will change not only the way we live but how long we live. I currently am determining how I can be more cognizant of how these changes will affect my life and plan accordingly. I certainly do not want to wake up one morning and realize that I missed the Last Train to Clarkesville.

I plan on talking about some of the changes that Peter covered in the class over the next few months. Some are just mind blowing and I can’t wait to see them take place especially the ones affecting longevity.

Anybody else have some interesting changes they are following?

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