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The Surreal World of Disruptive Discovery and Technology

What promise of longevity lies in your future? Does the dawning of 2017 fill you with angst or excitement? Sooth-Sayers offer everything from doom to gloom. I personally look forward to a year of immense change.

Innovators the world over are constantly coming up with new technologies. Everybody benefits regardless of age. Even those with dementia can manage on their own with the help of robots and virtual reality.

Webster’s has described “surreal” as the word of the year for 2016. Brexit, Trump, Clinton, Putin, Berlin, France, Climate change all feed into the challenges that lie ahead; issues with globalization and politics of division. To quote Leonard Cohen, “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”. Is this a new renaissance age? I like to think it is.

We are constantly bombarded with new technologies and discoveries. However it is only those businesses that are creating new models by changing the landscape that are considered disruptive. In other words, disruption brings disruption. Think 3 – D printing, friendlier computers, advanced robotics for prosthetics, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy and Cloud.

Children born today won’t need a computer. Everything is on their mobile device. However for older folk, becoming familiar with the newest technologies can be a challenge. There is also a reluctance to learn new things. This is a real stumbling block to accepting the new world order. As Chris Kutarna co-author of Age of Discovery points out we need to resurrect virtues; those social technologies that help us survive in troubled times and strengthen them in our personal lives.

Be adventuresome. Get grandchildren to show you how things work. Embrace the future with gusto. I look forward to 2017 as a year of change and enlightenment. You can too.