Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine, describes six verbs that are shaping the future of the Internet: screening, interacting, sharing, flowing, accessing, and generating. Kelly’s assessment of emerging technology provides us a window into what our world will look like in the future and how we must stay current and adapt as this technology changes. Technological trends are not only providing a more productive solution for business or increasing the speed in which individuals can meet ever day goals, they are expanding the use of how we utilize data, increasing the rates in which share and interact socially, physically, and mentally, and most importantly transforming our human culture. Kelly uses the example of how people are using data in every day life by sharing information. He notes, we share real-time data about our healthy habits, location, activities, health statistics, and weight. When speaking about sharing and how it relates to the future of the Internet, Kelly (2011) states, “part of the adventure now is to imagine things that are not being shared now and how they can be shared”. This is the mindset of the future.
As technology continues to establish new grounds at an increasing pace, staying current and adapting to these exponential changes are critical. Organizations can implement many best practices to their repertoire in order to remain fluid in the knowledge and practice of technology. According to an article posted on Six Sigma Online (2012), in order “to survive in the modern business world, business executives should try to purchase and use the latest software and hardware they can find and afford” (Six Sigma Online, 2012). The continuous use of the modern technology in daily practice can help to keep employees educated and improve the ways in which organizations attempt to adopt these emerging technologies. As leaders we should be involved in continuing education efforts and at the same time train our employees on these same emerging technologies. First, however, we must articulate the value of these new advances and design processes in order to evaluate and implement them.
With the convergence of applications, data, screens, and social media brings many new implications within a networked environment. In the modern world, we broadcast our lives to others freely and openly without considering any consequences. By doing so, opens ourselves up to a host of privacy issues. Although there are ways to maintain anonymity, more and more users are becoming comfortable with sharing information about oneself without hesitation.
Another implication to emerging technology is that technology is changing faster than individuals can adapt. We see this mostly in organizations where there is a lack of financial investment in training employees for these changes, purchasing updated software and products, and the unwillingness to take risk and adopt new ideas. The organizations that are up to date in their technological practices have found ways to deliver and infuse the new technology to their employees. However, these same organizations find it difficult to diffuse new innovations, so the time it takes to shift one gear the second gear is already in motion.
Kelly, K. (2011). Web 2.0 Expo. Retrieved :http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf2011/public/schedule/detail/19292
Six Sigma (2012). Stay Current with Modern Technology. Retrieved: http://www.sixsigmaonline.org/six-sigma-training-certification-information/stay-current-with-modern-technology.html