Thomas Friedman wrote his The World Is Flat best-seller about our connected world in 2004. But that was mostly before the dawn of cloud computing, Facebook, Twitter, etc., he points out today in the New York Times. In the years since, the world has gone from connected to "hyperconnected," a phenomenon he dubs the "Great Inflection." And anyone who ignores the consequences is more likely to end up in the unemployment line, Friedman argues.
What to do? Develop skills that complement technology instead of "ones that can be easily replaced by it." Learn how to learn. "The winners won’t just be those with more IQ. It will also be those with more PQ (passion quotient) and CQ (curiosity quotient) to leverage all the new digital tools to not just find a job, but to invent one or reinvent one, and to not just learn but to relearn for a lifetime." Click for Friedman's full column. (Read more technology stories.)