Disrupt Yourself!

We are living in the age of re-thinking. The rapid technological development gives us the tools to rethink and redo the old stuff in a new, optimized and lean way. “Digitalization” is the word that is frequently used to designate this trend. Some of its extreme forms are called disruptive innovation.

The new ways to solve the old problems usually cause collateral damage. People will be laid off, shops will close and established companies and institutions will go bankrupt or become irrelevant. No surprise, it is the price of innovation. Those, who do not embrace the innovation and won’t dare to disrupt themselves will be disrupted from outside. This is only a matter of time.

Remember companies like Kodak, Nokia, RIM or Blockbuster, which were once leading their industries and are irrelevant or nonexistent today. Kodak is a great example because they were the ones who discovered the digital photography. They have hesitated to develop it further on a scale not to disrupt their analog photography business. Where are they now? Another example – Netflix. Started as a DVD rental by mail business, they have switched at the right time to the video streaming technology and by doing so cannibalized their main business. They were successful and led other fixed-mindset companies like Blockbuster into bankruptcy.

What if you are an old company with an established business, which you were milking for years and years? You know that it won’t stay forever this way, right? Once you got an idea how to improve your product or service to make it better or cheaper – go for it! Even if it will disrupt the sales of your legacy products. Because if you won’t do this, somebody else will. But then it might be too late…

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Down With the Politicians

The world is changing dynamically and will be changing in the near future even more dramatically. Technology brings higher computational speed coupled with completely new ways to solve problems. Technology can reduce the physical work for people to the point that they don’t have to do it.

Politics is an artificial and unnatural construction. Every time people delegate their power or vote in favor of somebody, it is almost inevitable that the power would be abused and, in many cases, turned against the people. Then why to take risks, instead of avoiding them, to begin with? Never vote for anybody and never elect anybody! The whole system is designed for corruption. People who want to become politicians are mainly driven by egoism and pursuit of their profits rather than by altruism.

When people have access to objective and unbiased information, they don’t need someone to take decisions for them. Wiki is already there, other systems are emerging as well.

But who are the decision-makers making important resolutions on the economy and social life? We are. Nowadays it costs virtually nothing to cast a (digital) vote. Let people vote on EVERYTHING. Let people organize themselves.

Is the humanity going to immerse in chaos and wars then? No. Intelligent species like humans are self-organizing. There will never be another war again. No loving mother ever wishes to send her child to a war, unless brainwashed by propaganda or forced to do so.

The world is changing and there is absolutely no need to solve old problems by old means.

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