Friday, March 2, 2012

The Age of Platform

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The Age of the Platform:
How Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook Have Redefined Business
Friday, March 2
12 p.m. (PT)/2 p.m. (Central)/3 p.m. (ET)
A Live & Online Broadcast

Beyond 50's "Business" talks, listen to interview with Phil Simon. He'll share six things your business can learn from the Gang of Four, such as collaborating with your customers, like Amazon does, and turn a bigger profit; expand your product lines and service offerings like Google; invite innovation from outside your company, like Apple, and profit from risk; and prepare for uncertainty, like Facebook, and be ready when unforseen change occurs.

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Self-WorthThe Next Bold Step
For Beyond 50's "Personal Growth" talks, listen to an interview with Kathryn Tull. She can help you to overcome the feeling of "I don't matter" or feeling stuck inside and can't move forward. Tull offers insights and a roadmap to having the life you want and deserve. Self-value lies at hte very root of all your thoughts about yourself. When your deepest sense of self-value is secretly shaken, it will show up in many areas of your life.

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The Future of Employment
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Through a collaboration with the Futurist Society, Beyond 50 would like to share a troublesome, emerging trend forecasted by Thomas Frey. His conclusion: 2 billion jobs are likely to disappear by the year 2030.

Instead of seeing it as doom and gloom, Frey recommends that you view it as a wake up call.

The "dominoes will start to fall" in five major industries: Power, Automobile, Education, Manufacturing and Robotics.

Power - There will be a shift in utilities around the world from national grids to micro-grids that can be scaled from a single home to entire cities. The dirty power era will finally be over and the power lines will begin to come down. All of them.

Automobile - Over the next 10 years, we will see the first wave of autonomous (driverless) vehicles hit the roads to deliver packages, groceries, and fast-mail envelopes.

Robotics Age
Robotics - By 2025, the Information Age will come to an end, giving rise to the Robotics Age. Nearly every physical task can conceivably be done by a robot at some point in the future. The photo above is a BigDog bot created for military purposes to carry the gear of soldiers across rough battlefield terrain.

Education - As the Open Courseware Movement has shown us, courses are becoming a commodity. Teachers only need to teach once, record it, and then move on to another topic or something else. It's the new frontier of a teacherless education system.

Manufacturing - Unlike a machine shop that stars with a large piece of metal and carves away everything but the final piece, 3-D printing makes it cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands of items and thus undermines economies of scale. It may be as profound an impact on the world as the coming factory did during the Henry Ford era.

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