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“That small sliver represents the amount of human jobs that remain viable.”

WAY back in 2009 well-known motivational speaker (no not Matt Foley 🙂 ) named Daniel Pink delivered a Keynote Address to the good folks gathered for the Texas Music Educators Association Conference.

Click on this image to go to the WMEA site where the full 48 minute presentation is embedded.
Click on this image to go to the WMEA site where the full 48 minute presentation is embedded.

Check out Daniel’s wonderful work concerning all of this and focusing on the right-left brain concept “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future”:

Click on the image above OR HERE to order Daniel's book.
Click on the image above OR HERE to order Daniel’s book.

Daniel essentially had good news for the musicians in attendance at TMEA that can be summed up by saying that we have gone beyond The Information Age and into The Conceptual Age. In other words, as technology advances and replaces human beings, the one thing that will still be in demand is essentially anything that a computer can’t do.

BAM! We artists should be good then right? Computers (and therefore robots) can do so many things extremely well…but improvisation and creativity is not one of them. Right-brained thinkers should be in HIGH demand. But, how is that working out for us?

Well, something that perhaps wasn’t crystal clear back in 2009 was the oncoming devaluation of music and the arts in general. Where are we with all of that? Is it really happening? Steven Tyler of Aerosmith has some thoughts on that:

Steven Tyler screaming some common sense ideas into the air of Washington D.C.
Steven Tyler screaming some common sense ideas into the air of Washington D.C. (Click on the Image OR HERE to read his article: “Politicians: Respect and Protect Copyright”)

So, regarding the good news of Daniel Pink…how are we doing? Are the use of robots and computers replacing humans while not creating new jobs? Is society starting to devalue music and the arts in general? Have artists loss access to revenue streams?

Things could be bleak, or we could be in the midst of some kind of new Renaissance. What do you think? Let’s share some ideas and come up with some good news. 🙂

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