The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank connecting tenths of nodes around the world with the mission is to improve thinking about the future and make results available through a variety of media for feedback. It produces the annual “State of the Future” reports, the “Futures Research Methodology” series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies.
The Millennium Project recently launched the “2013–14 State of the Future” report at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. It is a sort of overview of the “State of the Future” about the current situation and possible future scenarios for humanity. Report integrated trends, drivers, trajectories, forecasts and strategies. Also it updated the list and status of the 15 Global Challenges, providing a framework for understanding global changes.
According to the report that world is starting to automate processes and jobs more widely and quickly than during the last industrial revolution. Clear signs of a move from the Economy of Resources to the Economy of Information and Knowledge. “Softwarization, Computerization...or IT-sation" - as you prefer naming it - is one key driver of this evolution.
Report claims that “The number of employees per business revenue is falling, giving rise to employment-less economic growth”. New jobs opportunities have to be invented, for example bringing ICT into the “fabric of life” and implementing new possibilities — from distributed manufacturing to seawater agriculture — and “making increasing individual and collective intelligence a national objective of each country”.
This message is resonating with the remarks of a paper reporting the results of a study of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology.
Similarly with the Millennium report, the paper stated that “as technology races ahead, low-skilled workers will move to tasks that are not susceptible to computerisation — i.e., tasks that required creative and social intelligence,”. “For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills.”
Long-term sustainability depends very much on how we’ll be able to develop high-skills mastering the exploitation of said IT and Network technologies advances to solve Society’s problems by creating new ecosystems. Not only: it will be also “making increasing individual and collective intelligence a national objective of each country”.