What happens to our physical, social, and cognitive load when the pace of change gets even faster? This RAND article contains the inevitable futurist crap (3D printing) alongside some cut-out-and-keep Harvard Business Review-esque tidbits.
As we go faster and faster, the opportunities to take control are dwindling. But they're not all lost. "It's not about hitting the brakes," Bouskill said. "It's about striking the right tempo."
It's not about hitting the brakes, it's about striking the right tempo.
The researchers urge that it's time to start working toward that tempo. Bouskill added: "For now, it may be enough to say that democracies need to think very critically about speed and how emerging technologies could fundamentally change the structure of governance." In the future, the speed born of new technologies will create unprecedented social and ethical dilemmas. How will speed affect international power relationships? Who will get access to new technologies? Who is likely to be left behind? How can we prevent or manage the disenchantment of those people?
To help answer these questions, the research team recommends a comprehensive approach—one that includes discussions among consumers, employers, technology developers, and policymakers. They also emphasize the importance of creativity and social-mindedness when it comes to devising solutions.