We cannot ignore the outside world as technology continues to press forward. Technology affects economies, jobs, and public opinion. It will continue to inform aspirations, fears, and political dialogues around the world.
The impact of recent technology has been so profound that society has not really caught up with it. This is the “Cartoon Cliff” effect. People continue forward just as they always have, until that moment where they look down and discover the earth is so very far below. Perhaps with the US Election, that moment has arrived.
Society reacts. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, and remember that the outcome is far from certain. The past is not necessarily a guide to the future. But it is important to remain optimistic. Adjustments are always necessary, no matter how painful they might be. There will be new opportunities and new possibilities. Even as some doors begin to close, others will open. Changes in the geopolitical lineup will hasten trends that have been building for years.