EDITORIAL: World Poised For Big Changes

The Nation, Bangkok, Thailand / Asia News Network

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “The changes to human beings’ political, economic and social systems will be pervasive and come like a tsunami, which makes “We should be prepared” easier said than done.”

The Nation, Bangkok, Thailand / Asia News Network

At no other point in history have we faced such major economic, political and lifestyle upheavals.

Technology is pushing human beings in all directions, and the main result is unpredictability on a massive scale and on virtually all aspects of people’s lives.

Even what have seemed like unassailable status quos, such as prevailing economic systems or the existence of “too big to fail” corporations that have all but controlled people’s lives, are no longer invincible.

Take carmakers, which have virtually dictated the way we commute and influenced the planet’s reliance on oil.

Giant manufacturers are keeping one eye on the tiny minority in the business — electric cars — because the tipping point could be closer than we think.

Those who miss out on the ongoing innovations could easily go under, like some key telephone manufacturers in the past.

And talking about mobile phones, companies that seem omnipresent nowadays have to closely watch the rapid advancement of wireless broadband Internet technology, which, like solar power, will eventually generate services that are dirt cheap, benefiting consumers but threatening the operators who didn’t see it coming.

There will be more robots and they will play bigger roles. The time will soon come when “going to the theatre” will be something that “old timers” did. Televisions could shrink to the size of eyeglasses, allowing individual wearers to watch anything of their choice.

Online shopping’s increasing popularity could mean a proliferation of warehouses and a big decrease in the number of traditional shops as we know them.

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