Designing The 21st Century Enterprise


Science & Technology: Policy

"Learn from science that you must doubt the experts. . . Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. . . Each generation that discovers something from its experiences must pass that on, but it must pass it on with a delicate balance of respect and disrespect, so that the race . . . does not inflict its errors too rigidly on its youth, but it does pass on the accumulated wisdom plus the wisdom that it may not be wisdom."
WHAT IS SCIENCE?; Richard Feynman

As the rate of change continues to increase, how will the enterprise of the 21st century stay on the "cutting edge" of science and technology? What environments, processes and tools will be most condusive to staying requisite with scientific progress and technological breakthroughs? In what ways do science and technology influence the leadership and management of the 21st century enterprise?

"It is said that the paperless office is as probable as the paperless bathroom. The recent introduction of paperless toilets and smart bathrooms by Japanese manufacturers should serve as warning that significant change is coming in the office as well."
PARADIGM SHIFT; Don Tapscott and Art Caston, 1993

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The paperless office is . . .

"Within fifty to a hundred years a new class of organisms is likely to emerge. These organisms will be artificial in the sense that they will originally be designed by humans. However, they will reproduce, and will evolve into something other than their original form; they will be 'alive' under any reasonable definition of the word. . . The advent of artificial life will be the most significant historical event since the emergence of human beings. . ."
James Doyne Farmer, taken from ARTIFICIAL LIFE; Steven Levy, 1992

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These forms of artificial life will profoundly alter our commonly held views of reality . . .

"Ours is the first society in history of which it can be said that life has moved inside media. The average person, watching television for five hours per day, is physically engaged with - looking at and experiencing - a machine. To that extent, the person is not relating to anything else in the environment. But the environment of TV is not static, it is aggressive. It enters people's minds and leaves images within, which people then carry permanently. So television is an external environment that becomes an internal, mental environment. . . The situation is so odd that it lends itself to science fiction descriptions."

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Will the convergence of technologies such as telecommunications, virtual reality and multi-media significantly alter television programming and viewing habits?

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