“Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale.
Agriculture is increasingly powered by software as well, including satellite analysis of soils linked to per-acre seed selection software algorithms
Health care and education, in my view, are next up for fundamental software-based transformation
many people in the U.S. and around the world lack the education and skills … This problem is even worse than it looks because many workers in existing industries will be stranded on the wrong side of software-based disruption and may never be able to work in their fields again. ”
Marc Andreessen (Hewlett-Packard board member), Why Software Is Eating The World, Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2011
“Robots have the potential to replace humans in a variety of applications with far-reaching implications. … The development and implementation of robots for elder-care applications, and the development of human-augmentation technologies, mean that robots could be working alongside humans in looking after and rehabilitating people. A change in domestic and social responsibilities and a change in domestic employment
SRI Consulting Business Intelligence requirements could adversely affect lower income service-oriented workers.
By 2025 Internet nodes may reside in everyday things—food packages, furniture, paper documents, and more. … Streamlining—or revolutionizing—supply chains and logistics could slash costs, increase efficiencies, and reduce dependence on human labor.”
Disruptive Civil Technologies: Six Technologies with Potential Impacts on US Interests out to 2025, Conference Report, National Intelligence Council, April 2008
See comments in the Reconnaissance Report for August 19, 2011 (immediately below).