The keynote recognizes we are in the midst of a dramatic and rapid shift from a fully industrialized economy to something close to a fully knowledge based economy. In 1850 over 90% of the labor force on the planet was involved in the production of agricultural goods and related services. By 1950 almost 90% of the labor force on the planet was involved in the production of things and related services. We didn't stop making food. We just made the process incredibly efficient. By 2050 almost 90% of the labor force on the planet will be involved in the production of knowledge and the application of knowledge to resolve discrete problems . We are not going to stop making things by 2050 anymore than we stopped growing food from 1850 to 1950. We just going to render the process of making things incredibly more efficient. Jobs won't disappear. The knowledge economy will be filled with exciting and challenging jobs of all kinds. But the knowledge economy will be very different from the old industrial economy.
That shift from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy is disrupting commerce globally because too few industries are prepared for the shift an almost no thought leaders in government are. Let's talk about solutions in Denver, April 25!
James L. Salmon, Esq.
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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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