2012 – the year of the paradigm shift

Hal 9000, the creepy supercomputer from the book and movie “2001: A Space Odyssey“, was Arthur C. Clarke’s most famous fictional character and most recognizable icon from his long body of work. HAL (Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computer) is an artificial intelligence that interacts with the astronaut crew of the Discovery One spacecraft, usually represented as a red television-camera eye found throughout the ship. HAL 9000 speaks in a soft voice and a conversational manner, in contrast to the crewmen, who speak tersely and with little emotional inflection.

The film 2001: A Space Odyssey presents a vision of the “paradigm shift“. The film is about progress, the development of technologies that precipitate paradigm shifts in human life and relationships. Similarly, 2012 is the year of the “paradigm shift”. We will be seeing a dramatic change in methodology or business practice. The year will bring a major change in thinking and planning, which ultimately changes the way projects are implemented and executed.

In our day-to-day lives you can forget about those Eureka moments. Rather, innovative ideas often result from a series of small hunches coalescing over time. Important innovations in the economic crisis and volatility in the past led to significant changes in management control and Social Affairs. Paradigm shifts can require that entire departments be eliminated or created in some cases Paradigm shifts have become much more frequent in the past hundred years. This process is likely to become even more commonplace in the year 2012 as our rate of technological advancement increases. The year 2012 brings forth the possibility of thinking beyond the traditional or set pattern of problem solving.

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