Shift happens… 10 May 2007 By Avinash Meetoo 16 Comments This slideshow is the winner of the World’s Best Presentation Contest at SlideShare. It was created by Jim Brenman. It’s fascinating… and a little bit frightening.
made me realise some stuff..
Inf // Bharat says
That’s an impressive collection of amazing presentations. But the Shift Happens one really got me hooked. These people ARE really skilled at getting people’s attention!
and scary indeed. $1000 more powerful than the entire human race… i wonder if we’ll still be able to play prince of persia on this :p
a little bit frightening is really an understatement, this presentation, i guess, was prepared from the US perspective, let try to place it in the Mauritian perspective…
frankly speaking, we might be trying as hard as we can, but eventually we’ll get our butt kicked by the Indo-Chinese region.
And this is bloody scary… imho The only chance we might have is to make up for the quantity by quality, i.e apply the spartan philosophy to our context (am still being influenced by 300), we have to produce a population of highly qualified intellectuals and scrap the rest, and this unless for some divine intervention is not gonna happen! unfortunately.
Darwin was right…
These slides are from a video:
Scarry ? I showed this presentation during my last training to executives in Mauritius and it does ring a bell…
lolz. Quote from 300 ” Les spartiens ne se battent pas en retrait. Force et honeur!”
don’t tell me that it’s the bitter truth:
“half of what i will learn in my first year of study will be outdated by their 3rd year”
Yes, Darwin was right. Adapt or perish! And as you said we have to focus on quality. Mauritius is too small to even think of competing with India or China or even countries like Madagascar quantity-wise.
And this might take years… and, unfortunately, time is not on our side.
But we have to try!
Why do we have to achieve quality, those who are not good enough.. they manage.. we could shift our education system in a way that everyone gets to know a lil bit of everything when he gets out of school, hence apt enough to know how to use each and every resource .. i.e someone who has a global image.
From an economic perspective, it’s better to have a few very bright people who can innovate than lots of average people.
Most big companies in the world were once startups with 5-6 very bright people. This is what we need here in order to succeed.
I was speaking to a French guy the other day and he told me that once India and China guys speak French without any accent (as if we don’t have a heavy accent here :-) ), French companies won’t have any reason coming here…
You may or may not agree but, as I’ve mentioned above, we can’t compete quantity-wise. Our only hope is if we focus on quality. And I’m not only speaking about IT here. This is also true in tourism, financial services, etc.
am not speaking about retreat… am speaking about early selection!
let’s face it, the “reforme du systeme educatif mauricien” is crap! we need the elite, we need to select the best elements and nurture them, give them the best environment so that they can evolve, and this from the earliest years and continue the selection over the years, either you perform or you’re out!
am really sorry for those who think in terms or equal opportunity, but we have to face it, a nation has to be governed in the same way you manage a major company, you need people to take the decisions and lead the way, and then you need the cheap labor to do the manual work…
i know i may be sounding like an extremist, lol, but well from my point of view it has to be this way, we need the quality… and quality implies selection…
The first half is only frightening for Americans.
In the second part, “we live in exponential times” is a fallacy. It is the rate of scientific and technological progress which has _always_ been exponential. c.f. Ray Kurzweil.
Knowing technology progresses exponentially, it is logical that we are and will be experiencing paradigm shifts of an unprecedented scale.
c.f. The Singularity – Ray Kurzweil, Vernor Vinge.
Ketwaroo D. Yaasir says
it fails, Mr Hari Seldon.
suppose another “Mule” comes along…
shit is much more predictable that shift since it will ALWAYS happen.
So, like me, you are a fan of Foundation too :-)
Ketwaroo D. Yaasir says
well I read the whole thing out of order a long long time ago. I’m more of The HHGTTG zealot.
Even if your whole life gets outsourced to India or China, as long as you still know where your towel is, you’ll be fine. Powerful stuff.
I mentioned Hari Seldon because those slides seem to be trying to make you believe that the future is already known. And you should panic in awe of it.
it’s almost charming how the numbers and possibilities(not necessarily facts) the presentation mentions can cause mild discomfort for most people.
You have a point.
No one can be 100% of the future but I am concerned the way people are only focussing on meaningless details here while other countries (including some other African countries) are overtaking us.
As I said above, bright people of my generation (that is, 10 years older than you) are leaving the country in masses…
Ketwaroo D. Yaasir says
meh, late reply cuz i didn’t check the follow up thing.
everybody’s utopia(or something close to it, like you hopes and aspirations when you were 20) gets shot in the wing sooner or later.
your generation, my generation, the other guy’s generation.
true in the 70’s, true in the 80’s, true in the 90’s.
although towards the end and beginning 2000’s, I get the feeling that the idea that there is no way the future will magically brighten up as we go forward started to sink in. Hard work won’t help either, somehow…
am I making sense?
anyways, lower your expectations. The good old days are over for everybody.