What’s Next (?)

It’s time we move past all this nonsense about Coal and Tariffs and focus on what’s next. Other countries are, especially China. Some smart folks like those at the Roosevelt Institute are thinking about the issues of AI, automation, jobs and policy. Their report “Don’t Fear The Robots” is an interesting read. Whether you fear or fear not, it’s time to start paying attention.

The Mother of Invention

Our future is Urban. Urban centers are growing and rural areas are shrinking. It‘s an amazing opportunity to reinvent how we live when we add 2.5 billion people to cities in the next 25 years.

It’s mind boggling how fast China is urbanizing – 21 million people per year are moving to cities. That’s the population of the 9 largest US cities. Imagine creating the equivalent housing, infrastructure and services that exist in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego and Dallas every year for the next ten years.

If necessity is the mother of invention, China is faced with the mother-of-all invention. I doubt their future cities will be developed on historic western models. I suspect we’ll see very interesting invention coming out China in the next few years.