The Change Cycle: First We Resist, Then We Adapt, Then We Love
When things change dramatically we resist it at first and then we adapt and then we love the change.
Peter H. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education. Diamandis is also the co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity's grand challenges.
Along with fellow Big Think expert Steven Kotler, Diamandis is co-author of the New York Times best selling hardcover book Abundance—The Future Is Better Than You Think which was #2 on the NYTimes List and #1 on Amazon. Their latest book is titled Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.
Diamandis has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world's top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis' personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!"
As humans we actually don’t like change that much. We like waking up and knowing that we’re in the same jobs and the government is stable and our tools we had before still work and when things change dramatically we resist it at first and then we adapt and then we love the change.
So I remember when my parents first started using email or cell phones saying I don’t need that and now I can’t pry it out of their hands, so it’s like that over and over around the world. The challenge is it’s going to continue to change rapidly.
One example is robotics. Robotics are coming online, more and more capable, driven by artificial intelligence, by much better sensors. In your Xbox you’ve got sensors that allow you to track your hand motions and those sensors are going to make robots far and far cheaper and more capable and there is going to be a day very soon well within this next decade where a lot of menial labor in terms of at the cash register, stocking the shelves start to get replaced by robots or even when your physician starts to get replaced by your Tri Quarter device.
So we’re going to start to see a shift where the jobs that used to be done by humans are going to be done by robots. Now we’ve been to this movie before. If you go back to the mid 1800s two-thirds of America were farmers and we relied as the major workforce, the major job that employed us was working the farm. Now it’s less than two percent of the US are in the agriculture business because the majority of it has been replaced by robots and what we did is we trained up those individuals.
If you went back to the 1800s and said don’t worry, you’re not going to be planting corn anymore, but pretty soon you’re going to be writing HTML code for this website and they go what’s an HTML code and what the heck is a website. So we don’t know what these individuals are going to be doing. What I do know is that we’re going to begin to or I should say continue to merge with technology where technology becomes our friend. The artist who is using Light Room to manipulate imagery that they could not have done before is merging with technology to make that happen. Any of us using Microsoft Office is using technology. You go on Bing to do a search. You’re using technology. All of these things are us merging with technology that we fully accept right now and it’s going to get more and more capable. Pretty soon we’ll start interfacing the brain with the internet and then we’re in for some real magical times ahead.
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