I think we are still living in the ‘Industrial Revolution’ era. Machines and technology have dramatically increased productivity and quality of products but the overall mindset is still the same.
The business domain still thinks in a similar fashion:
1. Create better products, reduce cost, more efficiently utilize existing technology, look for technology that would improve efficiency and cost etc, expand the business by:
– increasing quantity of production and expanding
– Expand by creating new products itself
2. The office/work system of having work hours and responsibilities has not changed much too.
In other words it is about constantly re-evaluating the balance between Cost, Quality, Technology utilization and expansion with the ultimate driving factor being profit. (some may include value added to society)
Why do we have the system of work in the first place?
If you truly did what you wanted to do all the time that wouldn’t be called work. Isn’t that closer to what we might want?
One might expect the daily work hours to reduce to 4-5hrs a day by now ‘2010’ but on the contrary, it is still 9-10hrs average in most countries. Why has this not decreased in spite of all the faster and superior technology available?
I think in the future there might be a fundamental shift away from this mindset. There would be a re-evaluation of what truly matters. I think in the future all the jobs that we do today will be done by machines and we could freely relive or experience anything we want either in the real or virtual form. Technology would enable us to connect far deeper with other humans and all of us could live self actualized lives. This would be some sort of paradise.