A worker’s value is no longer…about what she knows but rather the speed at which she can learn and apply

Those who thrive in this environment must absorb massive inputs of information and identify the useful wheat from the irrelevant chaff. They must enjoy learning new things every day, and feel comfortable with Andy Grove’s dictum that only the paranoid survive: those who rest on their laurels get eaten by competitors or software.

As consultant Heather McGowan observed, “A worker’s value is no longer primarily or exclusively about what she knows but rather the speed at which she can learn and apply—this is a dramatic and unsettling shift for many.”

A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All: The Future Belongs to Work That Is Meaningful, pp. 42-43, by Charles Hugh Smith