This post is on the day of the US election. Sometimes I think I must sound like a broken record but one more time, with feeling. This election is vitally important because it will determine not just the future US President but the future of the nation, with impact on the world of business, economics and globalization.
The Innovation Economy is an emergent economic paradigm for the planet. One third of US GDP is from innovation industries engaged in making or using technology. Innovation is not just about technology but the use of technology to enable business. Innovation: key technologies, processes, systems, methods will bring prosperity, peace and productivity that will bring democracy and a better world for the planet.
America has always been the leading global innovator, the New World driving new technologies like the Internet, nanotech, biotech and computing. This election, beyond the politics, is about the Innovation Economy. We need to get this right. And now.
This election, and the leader that emerges must be a catalyst for enabling innovation to move faster, deeper and with more financial investments to keep America competitively strong but also to continue to drive the next generation of innovations that enable not just the US economy but the world economy. America has contributed much to the world as far as innovation and tech innovations have transformed business, society and the marketplace.
A deeper connection between the White House and the private sector, regardless who is elected will mean a more viable future for America and the world economy. We must invest deeper in the Innovation Economy to spur on the next stage of prosperity and invention. Immense challenges such as climate change, security, energy shortages, health care access are global challenges not just challenges for America. Without deep investments in advanced next generation technologies: neuro, nano, info, bio, quantum and robotics we will miss a historic opportunity to shape a better future.
By 2025 the global innovation economy will be driver of prosperity, peace and progress on the planet. Technologies such as quantum computing, geoengineering, data science, molecular manufacturing, real time anywhere networks, neuroengineering will transform the global economy–if our leaders invest smartly in the future.
Governance is not just about law and politics. It’s about investing in the future. The next President needs to have a deep understanding of how productivity, peace and progress will be enabled by–the Innovation Economy. Invest now for our future and the future of the planet.
The passionate forces on both political sides seem to have lost touch with the Big Challenge facing America–the future of America. Getting beyond the politics, both right and left, conservative and liberal is mission essential if America is going to chart a new course into the future. The Big Challenge is about sustainability, global competitiveness and innovation. This is what will drive the economy forward and yes create jobs and dare I say it, wealth.
Wealth, or the desire for improving ones well being, not just financial but the opportunity to have a sustainable job, smart schools for our kids, colleges that are affordable and relevant for the future is what authentic wealth is. Wealth is not about money alone but the quality of life that enables your life to have freedom, security and a chance to better yourself. This is why America has been a magnet for immigration for its short but vibrant history. Kill the wealth creating culture that brings up the poor into the middle class or even the middle class to greater wealth and you kill American culture. Wealth is fundamental to America. Ask any second generation citizen and he or she will tell you.
The future of America is on the line. Not because one or the other candidates are opposed to meeting this challenge but because they seem to both have lost sight of what this means. What America needs are leaders that embrace visions for America that make a better America and are realistic tactics to go after transforming education, health care, jobs and the economy.
This election is like most, a battle over ideas and ideology. But getting beyond the politics, both winners and losers must have a common objective–how to join together to improve America’s future. This will require a new narrative and a smart leader to champion. America’s future will not be transformed if the political acrimony prevails as the norm.
Enlightened leaders, from both political sides of the game must evolve to a new level of collaboration. America’s challenges are too heavy for one party, one President or one Congress to solve without a bigger collaboration of all.
Finally, my vote will be for free enterprise, free markets and innovation. Innovation is what America has given the world. From inventors like Ford to Einstein to Steve Jobs. Tech innovations have been a key driver of the American economy and tech innovations like Twitter, Apple and Google have driven entrepreneurs and freedom throughout the world. Our next President should be the Innovation President. Tomorrow’s innovations-Nanotech, Neurotech, Quantum tech, Infotech, Robotictech, Biotech–will change the world and America for the better. Innovation is beyond politics and will drive a better future of America.
The Global Futures Forecast is a trend analysis of what’s coming this year from Dr. James Canton, the Institute for Global Futures. What’s on the horizon.
Just published at www.FutureGuru.com the Global Futures Forecast. Future of water, network agility, innovation, mobile, youth dissent, cyberhacking…
See www.futureguru.com for the full publication GFF 2012
The 4 P’s of medicine: Prediction, Personalization, Prevention and Promotion will redefine medicine in the near future over the next 3-10 years–maybe sooner.
Prediction will be possible due to a new era of bioinformatics and personal DNA sequencing and ultimately a new mass epidemiology and genomic public health that’s coming. We will map diseases, geomaps that will tell us who and where people get sick.
We will know more about who gets sick and why, the patterns and maps of predicting disease will reveal this in our lifetimes. Today we have a predictive model to determine 70-80% of illness. Tomorrow 95%.
Personalized medicine, targeted at individuals, using massive supercomputing resources to identify genomic precursors and biotags that signal disease is next. From fMRI’s to Health Profiling is coming. Jobs, insurance, dating, marriage, crime and sports will be influenced in nefarious ways not all ethically hard to imagine–think You are your DNA.
Prevention will be possible when we have mastered the medical knowledge engineering of prediction–genomic, behavioral, neural, biological etc. We will know before we can predict, as we do now with certain Cancers and other diseases. Amazing how little people can know but choose not to.
I was giving a keynote on the future of medicine to an affluent group of business leaders in Washington DC and less then 20% of the audience were talking statins to prevent heart disease. Disturbing given the knowledge that statins reduce the risk of heart disease and can even retard and prevent heart disease by 30-50%.
Promoting healthy behaviors as well as prevention and personalized medical treatments is the fourth force. A society that wants to live long and prosper must promote healthy policies and practices. Promotion will become a national security issue if your society is depopulating like Italy or Japan.
Business can do much to tie jobs, incentives, bonuses and advancement to health. Enhance your health and advance your career. A new work ethic may be born.
The whole idea of health enhancement, the by product of these four forces that will shape the future of medicine is that individuals may choose to go beyond their limitations of age, health and even what it is to be human in normal society. Vast new choices to enhance ones intelligence or stamina will be offered in the near future. Think legal drugs that refresh your memory–Viagra for the Mind and enable your to access entirely new parts of your brain or your networked brain–in the Cloud.
Oh the places we could go…