Picked this up from Jack Vinson's blog....loved the implication....someone asked me "What after the age of knowledge?" and my answer was "The age of Aesthetics!"
Daniel Pink writes in the current Wired (13.02), Revenge of the Right Brain, that traditionally left brain jobs are being outsourced and automated. And the stuff that is left is subject to more and more right brain sensibilities as the left brain activities are "perfected."
Tax attorneys. Radiologists. Financial analysts. Software engineers. Management
guru Peter Drucker gave this cadre of professionals an enduring, if somewhat
wonky, name: knowledge workers. These are, he wrote, "people who get paid for
putting to work what one learns in school rather than for their physical
strength or manual skill." What distinguished members of this group and enabled
them to reap society's greatest rewards, was their "ability to acquire and to
apply theoretical and analytic knowledge." And any of us could join their ranks.
All we had to do was study hard and play by the rules of the meritocratic
regime. That was the path to professional success and personal fulfillment.
But a funny thing happened while we were pressing our noses to the
grindstone: The world changed. The future no longer belongs to people who can
reason with computer-like logic, speed, and precision. ...