Challenge of Individualization

hourglass-1055711_1280The individualization of society and therefore also radical specialization of the economy where virtually all mass tasks are supplanted by advanced technology are essential indeed to making the transition as smooth as possible from one economic system to another and so the great transition requires great leadership.

There is an ongoing shift of economic system away from Capitalism where monetary financial instruments or “capital” are the most important economic resource to which individual human beings were fully socially subordinated – into a rather different economic system where virtually all standard tasks are almost universally supplanted by advanced technology and where advanced individual talent as crucially also requiring emotions instead becomes the most important economic resource as talent is partly founded on emotions which indeed machines made of steel and plastic are incapable of.

This however will be a society where human individuals will struggle to remain economically relevant and not become economically redundant and so the public sector needs to become instrumental in developing advanced highly specialized talent in almost every human person. The labor market will therefore become highly specialized and indeed globalized with the effective demise of mass professions and therefore also demise of permanent employment as all supplanted by advanced technologies. Individual life expectations among young human beings in secular/modern society are already rapidly rising and will indeed continue to increasingly grow with technological change that is bringing fundamental economic and social change as well.

Both the public sector and the private sector therefore will face an increasing crisis if not able to meet increasing expectations for increasing individualization. The key word for meeting the increasing need for individualization is therefore specialization. Indeed, specialization (itself a zoological mechanism of evolution) is absolutely essential at all levels of education through pedagogic specialization so that pupils/students are educated in VR (virtual reality) in pedagogically highly specialized mass groups where most teaching tasks are supplanted by advanced technology.

Health care will similarly need to become highly individualized and therefore also far more specialized and so making a diagnosis will typically not be nearly sufficient for determining a treatment. Medicine therefore will need to become highly specialized, including especially so with regard to the individual genetic profile. Increasing expectations for quality of life also mean that there will be need to be increasing focus on preventive health care as opposed to treating medical conditions only after the patient has already become ill. E.g. timely treating depression may be highly helpful in preventing development of obesity and early treatment of obesity will save vast sums in preventing outbreak of later medical conditions in the patient. Many forms of ethical plastic surgery such as removes wrinkles and correcting anatomical asymmetries will very much be needed so as to increase individual quality of life.

The legal system needs to become highly specialized and ultra-rapid, meaning also that courts of law will need to go virtual and so a highly specialized court of law will typically deal with cases that are very similar to each other. In most case will there not even be need for a court proceeding as the parties in most cases will be able to find out beforehand what the verdict would be by looking at prior legal cases from that very specialized court of law. Legal specialization will be achieved precisely by means of ending geographically defined courts of law and supplanting them with highly specialized national courts of law in VR (virtual reality). An advanced level of legal specialization of courts of law means that court proceedings will typically be short and rapid indeed.

Administration can largely be supplanted by technology and so can a specific type of organization become almost entirely supplanted by a specific type of organizational mobile application. Bureaucracy can also be automatized so that there rather than a human citizens applying for say a housing benefit will those eligible simply be notified electronically after the government central computer has electronically gathered all relevant information and subsequently made a computer decision that in turn can be appealed if need be to a highly specialized national court of law that will provide a very quick verdict indeed.

Similarly will the private sector struggle to offer individualized products. Shopping in VR in virtual shopping centers and then printing out the purchased products in 3D printers at home means that companies will need to offer individually customized products and this means that fashion and design will indeed become increasingly individualized.

What will remain of the labor market after “the machines take over”? First, mass tasks will disappear from the labor market as the more common the task globally the greater the economic scale and therefore also the greater the profitability in introducing advanced technology in a particular functional regard.

It is well known in the academic discipline of economic history that specialization is a perpetual force in the trajectory of economic history. Therefore radical specialization, meaning effectively individualization is the key to not only vastly reduce costs in the public sector but specialization and individualization are indeed essential elements in the economic growth of the future.

As mass tasks will increasingly disappear from the labor market will it become essential that persons perform that which they are truly individually most suitable for. This is typically not the case today as relative incompetence (i.e. performing other tasks than what one is best at performing) is unfortunately the norm in both public and private sectors although the crisis aware in this regard as well as in others with regard to the economic and social requisites of an increasingly rapid shift of economic system is typically still almost entirely absent.

In the economic age of Talentism will there be little to no economic margin for allowing incompetence since the labor market will become so highly specialized in highly advanced tasks requiring highly advanced individual, indeed idiosyncratic talent.

Technology will also need to be reinvented in the sense of predicting and preventing virtually every technological failure. Much emotional suffering will be prevented by means of ending technological malfunction which also largely (but not entirely) will make support departments redundant indeed. There are many technologies (e.g. refrigerators) that in most cases have zero malfunctions and so eliminating malfunctions in the technologies of the future will become essential in saving costs for companies. Indeed, the increasing individualization of technology will require technology free from malfunction.

What is furthermore required is a simplicity revolution whereby technology becomes so simple to use and without malfunction that technological platforms can become the basis of technological innovation. What will be needed therefore are online technological platforms that will perform the technical aspects of innovation while the innovator will provide the conceptual input that initiates the innovation. For example should such online technological platforms be able to produce mobile applications on the basis of input of conceptual innovation on the part of the innovator/entrepreneur.

Indeed, the simplicity revolution should facilitate individualization and therefore a high degree of specialization in terms of administration, engineering, business, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Mass psychometric matching in virtually every relevant respect can ensure near perfect social matching in almost all social situations and thus ensure perfect social compatibility in almost all aspects of life, including with respect to entrepreneurship. This obviously requires extensive psychometric testing once or twice a year, but the societal gains are immense in ensuring individualization and therefore an increasingly advanced level of specialization in the economy. Mass psychometric matching will also serve to avoid many forms of social conflict as caused by unfortunately socially incompatible individual psychometric profiles.

Increasingly higher individual expectations for quality of life should mean that companies should be legally obliged to only offer products with excellent quality. In a vegan human world where raw food is the norm will obesity disappear and medical research (without any captive Animal Persons whomsoever) will need to focus on genetically preventing medical conditions from appearing at all and so the focus in medicine will increasingly shift from treatment to prevention.

Very high quality in output in terms of advanced talent services in the economic era of Talentism also requires a far shorter working day and as permanent employment will increasingly go extinct will individual human beings struggle to keep ahead so to remain economically relevant and not turn economically redundant. Indeed it is essential that a proportion as large as possible of the national human population remains economically relevant and reversely that the proportion of the economically redundant is kept as low as possible. Therefore the challenge in terms of processing and refining the national human capital is about cognitively advancing the economically redundant in indeed making them part of the economically relevant!

The greatest problem however is the lack of crisis awareness as leaders in both public and private sectors seem to be cognitively stuck in the 19th century and its former economic landscape. Indeed, the transition from a mostly agricultural economy to Capitalism was typically extremely painful.

While it could be argued that the transition from Capitalism to Talentism has so far been largely painless is the problem of slowtech (i.e. many developed technologies are so far not used due functional conservatism similar to the situation in developing countries) leading to a situation where essentially those technologies at some point will essentially be enforced by market forces much like Capitalist industrialization essentially coercively imposed itself on preexisting peasant societies. For example will introduction of VR lead to vast saving of costs in the public sector and so why is it still avoided? What will be needed therefore is very much bold futuristic leadership in understanding that exercising leadership in specialization and individualization is essential to a continued smooth transition from Capitalism to Talentism. Indeed, the great transition requires great leadership.