A Clear And Present Danger
We are the medieval ones who face a clear and present danger. The Singularity will be upon us by 2029. The term singularity describes the moment when a civilization changes so much that its rules and technologies are incomprehensible to previous generations. Think of it as a point-of-no-return in history. Most thinkers believe the singularity will be jump-started by extremely rapid technological and scientific changes. These changes will be so fast, and so profound, that every aspect of our society will be transformed, from our bodies and families to our governments and economies.
A good way to understand the singularity is to imagine explaining the internet to somebody living in the year 1200. Your frames of reference would be so different that it would be almost impossible to convey how the internet works, let alone what it means to our society. You are on the other side of what seems like a singularity to our person from the Middle Ages. But from the perspective of the singularity, we are the medieval ones. Talking about the singularity is a paradox, because it is an attempt to imagine something that is by definition unimaginable to people in the present day.
We are in the midst of a rapid change revolution that will destroy the status quo and enable the impossible. The need to be doing the emotional labor required to develop the emotional intelligence needed to navigate through this revolution has never been greater. This new type of emotional work represents to future of organizational and cultural development. Emotional intelligence will significantly multiply the effectiveness and results of intellectual intelligence. It will enable us to embrace the unimaginable.