Michael Baxter Podcast
How to Survive in the Age of the Jerk: Michael Baxter Details How to Stay in Business in an Era of Ever Accelerating Change


isten to my podcast with Michael Baxter, co-founder of Techopia Limited and co-author, with Julien de Salaberry of the book, Living in the Age of the Jerk: Technology Innovation, Pandemics and our Future, available on Amazon now. In this podcast we discuss living the "age of the jerk" — and what it means for business and management, the economics of technology, how business and management can thrive with so much uncertainty, how AI will contribute to collective intelligence, and finally, whether of not we're heading towards a utopian or dystopian future. Michael Baxter even has some ideas about what we need to do to achieve a utopia. Give it a listen.

Read the Transcript: Ever-Accelerating Change is the New Constant


[01:05] The mathematical definition of a jerk refers to when something is accelerating, and then the rate of acceleration accelerates even more. 

[04:46] But it's trivial compared to some of the ways that technology is going to change us over the next decade or two, this decade and the next decade. 

[04:59] We're about to be living in the "mother of a jerk". 

[12:41] Economists need to be more technology aware. But I also think that maybe technologists need to be more economy aware.

[14:13] He wrote this book The Innovator's Dilemma, which I think is a fabulous explanation of how disruptive technology works. 

[14:26] I think a lot of businesses have woken up to disruptive technology, and they understand some of the lessons. Disruptive technology on one of the lessons of disruptive technology is you don't know what's around the corner. You know you can't plan for five years ahead because the world could be a completely different place in five years. 

[15:46] Companies have to work very closely with start ups because if they work with the 100 startups, chances are two or three of them, they're going to get it right.

[16:29] I think corporate culture is one of the biggest hurdle towards grappling with the challenges of disruption with implementing agile models, digital transformation, Lean, startup, minimum viable products, all these wonderful things.

[17:25] So at the moment, the Dunbar number might pose a threat to the collective intelligence of a group at any one time because it could never be more than 150 of us, because we start forgetting who people are when there's more than 150 of us. Well, I think AI could help with this!


Living in the Age of the Jerk: Technology Innovation, Pandemics and our Future Join the Debate

Before Covid-19, humanity was heading towards two doors. Behind one door stood the opportunity to create the closest thing to utopia that has ever existed. Behind the other was a path paved with the threat of growing inequality, eroding privacy, authoritarianism, conflict, and then, at the end, stood dystopia. The great pandemic of 2020 has brought both these doors much closer.


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Michael BaxterWith a forward-thinking mindset, Michael started his first business, Solution PR, which specialized in the United Kingdom's computer industry at twenty-four years of age. His groundbreaking career path took him to a full-time investor which projected him as a renowned tech and economics journalist.

Being especially interested in where technology and economics converge, Michael is an avid reader and enthusiast on the topic and writes innumerous articles for respected media channels as Share.com, and Motley Fool. He is also a keynote speaker and a reoccurring TV and podcast guest. Michael was the pioneer Editor for Information Age and owned, edited, and published Investment and Business News.

Michael is the co-author of the books iDisrupted and the Blindfolded Masochist, and you can review his other works at FutureEverything. Micheal will be soon launching a magazine aimed at the C-Suite called Intelligent Automation and Data Insights along with publishing his third book, Living In The Age of The Jerk.

Peter Schooff | Dec. 3, 2020