“The future now happens faster than the speed of fast!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
I’ve got a new ‘highlight reel’ video out. Most speakers do this to showcase what they cover on stage, how they work with an audience, and the insight they share.
Some sections required a voiceover – and I ended up working with John Masecar, the producer of my original NetTalk and ‘eBiz with Jim Carroll’ radio shows which ran back in 1995 and 2001!
Of course, the sections for the the voiceover needed the storyline, so I sat in the home office one day last week, and ad-libbed them.
And someone, the phrase “faster than the speed of fast” popped into my head. That’s the trend which I am witnessing as I go into every single point of preparation for a keynote today – what we thought was far away is coming at us with staggering speed and increasing intensity. We thought we had time to prepare, but we don’t. What we though was unimaginable is suddenly mainstream.
It happens in real time. Earlier this year, you might have watched my ’19 Trends for 2019’ video series – a grab bag of a variety of trends that were coming together. Just in the last week, two of them: lab-grown human body parts and human-computer interface technology, have seen fascinating new announcements.
This reality means that companies are having to work harder to keep on top of all the trends that will change their world; people are having to master new skills and new insight faster than ever before; industry associations are needing to reinvent themselves quicker.
And the most interesting thing? If you think it seems fast today, its only going to become faster tomorrow!
What’s the basis for this new reality? Check the slide I’ve got on stage – “Moore’s law now defines industry velocity.” Quite simply, every industry is becoming a technology industry, and impacted by the speed of change of technology. Exponential change – everywhere.
When faster is faster than the speed of fast, we truly live in the ‘era of acceleration’.