Business Unusual

The world of business is changing, here is what you need to know.

After 2 years and almost 100 editions of Business Unusual some of the disruptive technologies that have been profiled have either become mainstream like Uber, Facebook and Amazon or hit the skids, Theranos and Fitbit.

We have looked at people like Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg and companies like GoPro and MailChimp.

We have covered business principles like publically disclosed salaries and working from home.

Economic principles like patent protection, the new definition of a job and how to get one.

Psychological principles like bias, the half-life of facts, social protests and our use of language. Should we say please to machines and the end of the keyboard and significant changes to how we communicate.

Innovation like editing our own genes and defying death.

We have questioned the future of paper money and even money itself with the rise of cryptocurrencies.

We have pondered if the 4th industrial revolution will see unemployment skyrocket or if there will be so much wealth we can afford a universal basic income.

We looked into the future and our return to space, how cities will be affected by automation and the spectre of cyberwar or robots with the ability to use lethal force or perhaps it will be digital weapons that keep us safe.

We looked at the factors that make disruptive business succeed and looked at how they can fail.

We looked at the crazy history of measurement and how the light bulb became outdated as our symbol for innovation.

We wondered who should have access to our information and why we are so bad at looking after it.

How will we shop in the future, assuming we may still need to.

Will the robots only do the boring jobs or will cyber CEO’s be our boss.

How would government change and would we still need them as companies become bigger and span the globe. If Facebook was a country it would be the largest on Earth.

And we have only just begun. The future may seem uncertain and issues like climate change suggest that not only can we not continue with business as usual, we need to explore and embrace business unusual.


This article first appeared on 702 : The world of business is changing, here is what you need to know.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
How to win elections and influence people

How to win elections and influence people

You could say elections are being disrupted.

Technology disrupted tax income, but nobody escapes taxes

Technology disrupted tax income, but nobody escapes taxes

Digital companies have had a good run, but new taxes are coming.

Solving puzzles and mysteries, and what all of us may be missing about it

Solving puzzles and mysteries, and what all of us may be missing about it

At last, a way to future proof yourself against the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Boredom, loneliness and addiction

Boredom, loneliness and addiction

The best way to describe our relationship with the internet is “it's complicated".

The world is reliant on fertilizer and this is who controls most of it

The world is reliant on fertilizer and this is who controls most of it

One country holds as much as 70% of the world’s phosphate and we can’t feed the world without it.

How Instagram captured the moment

How Instagram captured the moment

An app so simple even Steve Jobs would have been proud.

Popular articles
Hermanus resident says that violent housing protests could've been avoided

Hermanus resident says that violent housing protests could've been avoided

It’s easy to blame a small bunch of thugs but I really don’t think that’s the case – Vanessa, Hermanus resident

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Chris Smith explains why you need to replace what you are losing and how too much water can pose some health risks.

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

Helen Zille responds to alleged comments made by Lindiwe Mazibuko at a dinner, saying she's doing the same to Musi Maimane.

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

Waitress praised for standing up for herself after a man touched her butt on his way to the toilet and a dog comforts its owner.

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.