f you think of new technology as moving up in steps — mainframes to desktop to laptop to handheld — with each one of those steps, you get a set of technologies, they diffuse, they scale and they give birth to the next one. The new capabilities keep coming. We can store more stuff, we can compute more stuff faster and we can send it down pipes faster.
There’s a new social contract at AT&T. It’s very simple. You can be a lifelong worker at AT&T now, but only if you’re a lifelong learner. That’s the only way. You have to invent, reinvent and renew your job.
When I graduated from college, I got to find a job. My daughters really had to invent a job.
That kind of social contract is coming to the rest of the country. And so you have to have more grit, persistence and self-motivation. A lot of people don’t have that.
Interesting concept that learning is the new social contract.
Traditionally, life has been divided into two main parts: a period of learning, followed by a period of working. Very soon this traditional model will become utterly obsolete, and the only way for humans to stay in the game will be to keep learning throughout their lives and to reinvent themselves repeatedly.