Learning Our Way Into An Unknowable Future

Speaking of an uncertain world, no one, not even top industry experts saw it coming when Marty Cooper and his team at Motorola launched the first cell phone, weighing in at 2.5 pounds, walking the streets in New York City on April 3, 1973. The team developed the first phone in just under 6 sprints (12 weeks) and the world has never been the same since. It's a classic example of how innovation can't be planned. He suggests it's the most important human innovation since the wheel.

He believes cell phones are in their infancy and it will take a couple more generations before we "learn" how to make cell phones a more natural experience. We will learn how to leverage artificial intelligence to manage a universe of communication and organization that will one day require no apps. It's interesting that he positions learning as the essence of innovation. In an uncertain world, we learn our way into a new future.