How Fast Are We Re­ally Go­ing?


Pic­ture this. Ev­ery liv­ing cell on this planet, whether mo­bile or sta­tion­ary, is in­vol­un­tar­ily trav­el­ing at a speed of 1,040 km/h thereby cov­er­ing a to­tal dis­tance of 24,960 km a day, which is Earth’s cir­cum­fer­ence. Yet due to the enor­mity of the planet, we only ex­pe­ri­ence mo­tion when we ac­tu­ally move!

An­other baf­fling ex­am­ple re­lated to speed, is the amount of data gen­er­ated. Ac­cord­ing to IBM, “Ev­ery day we cre­ate 2.5 quin­til­lion (18 ze­ros) bytes of data, so much that 90 per­cent of the data in the world to­day has been cre­ated in the last two years alone. This data comes from sen­sors used to gather cli­mate in­for­ma­tion, posts to so­cial me­dia sites, dig­i­tal pic­tures and videos… to name a few.”

To clar­ify, us­ing a snap­shot of In­ter­net data ex­changes in 2015 ev­ery DAY, we find that peo­ple sent 144.8 bil­lion email mes­sages, 340 mil­lion tweets, 684,000 bits of con­tent on Face­book, and up­loaded 103,680 hours of new video to Youtube.

Med­i­cal knowl­edge in 1950 took 50 years to dou­ble. In 2015, that same knowl­edge dou­bled in just 3.5 years and by 2020 that num­ber will be 73 days. Round that time, the word ‘doc­tor’, will be as out­dated as the pro­fes­sion it­self and the term ‘pro­fes­sional -ex­pert’ will long be for­got­ten or oth­er­wise mean very lit­tle.

Brands will take a life of their own as they move on­line and be­gin to grow and evolve based on global search queries even­tu­ally dic­tat­ing their own fu­ture rules of en­gage­ment and strate­gies.

The irony of it all is that peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, while still af­forded some con­trol over the brands, prod­ucts, and ser­vices they rep­re­sent or own will re­alise they have been side­lined by the very same wares they were ped­dling.

The world will give way to ‘The Law of In­for­ma­tion Ac­ces­si­bil­ity’ where time be­tween in­ten­tion and ac­tion will be mea­sured by nanosec­onds, a speed be­yond man’s abil­ity to fathom or even imag­ine. This will ne­ces­si­tate the in­tro­duc­tion and in­sti­tu­tion of au­ton­o­mous sys­tems into all walks of life.

Most will make the switch for prof­itabil­ity’s sake and not be­cause they like the new sys­tem. On the con­trary, they will come to de­spise it be­cause they won’t un­der­stand it and there­fore fear it. They will none­the­less re­vere its abil­ity to do what they can­not. So, what does this all mean? Well, it’s quite clear that we have in­her­ited phe­nom­e­nal abil­i­ties. How­ever, th­ese same abil­i­ties are lim­ited by our own phys­i­cal selves, a re­al­ity that has be­come too ob­vi­ous to ig­nore. And while ma­chines and al­go­rithms are tak­ing over part of the mun­dane re­spon­si­bil­i­ties pre­vi­ously del­e­gated to hu­mans, we are grad­u­ally mov­ing into a world where the en­tire cre­ative process, from start to fin­ish, will even­tu­ally be au­to­mated, thereby lib­er­at­ing man to en­gage dif­fer­ent cre­ative en­deav­ours.

As a re­sult, this shift will bring about an en­tirely new cat­e­gory, namely that of the ‘Cre­ative Ma­chine’ as the masters be­come the min­ions in ser­vice of the in­dus­try they cre­ated!

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