new paradigms, phase transitions, hyperphysics (black holes, multiverse, string theory, supersymmetry), hyper systems theory (computational limits, emergence, phase transitions, technological singularity hypothesis, developmental singularity hypothesis)
Ethics in a Voluntary
Only the Ethical Need Apply, Susan Llewelyn Leach, Christian Science Monitor, 03.30.2005
[JS] How will the first world workforce transform over the next two generations, as people increasingly work as they choose, on ever more abstract, "high-touch," service-based jobs? Leach cleverly outlines the position of Dick Samson, Tom Malone and others that as automation replaces our more rote cognitive and behavioral tasks, workers will transition into an increasingly transparent, highly connected society. In that environment our ability to be fair, responsible, dependable, trustable, and credible (doing what we promise), as well as our ability to empower and help others, as determined by their public feedback, will become the primary propositions differentiating our value to the system.
These are excellent insights into a world where technology will increasingly replace even many of today's knowledge worker jobs, pushing us all into ever-more-abstract sectors of the service economy. The basic liberal arts education that stresses good communications skills, civics, and a broad understanding and valuing of diversity will never have been more valuable. The more things change, the more some things stay the same.
Ethics are game theories for successful conflict resolution, and as the change of pace increases successful conflict resolution will continue to increase in importance, even as they get more refined. Looking for good books to guide you in your increasingly high-stakes, high-value interactions? Joseph Grenny and Kerry Patterson's books, Crucial Conversations 2002, and Crucial Confrontations, 2004, are excelent places to start. For corporate interpersonal skills training, see also the VitalSmarts website.