All posts by Robert Harris

About Robert Harris

I have been an innovator and entrepreneur my whole adult life since I graduated with a PhD in physics and joined a startup a firm in La Jolla, California (SAI) over 30 years ago as an employee-owner member of the founding team. This company grew tremendously, eventually going public, and in 2013 split into two $billion+ publicly traded firms: SAIC and Leidos. I left my first and only job ever at SAI after ten years with vested stock and started up a number of firms based on innovative ideas that had been bubbling in my mind: I founded and operated three companies in the 1980s in technology, communications and education, respectively; I helped three other firms I get off the ground and go public in the 1990s in IT, engineering, and product development, respectively. All of these opportunities and more were driven by paradigm shifts large and small. Starting in 1990, I began to conduct research to understand paradigm shifts broadly and deeply through my firm Paradigm Research International, LLC. My business since then has been using ongoing PRI research findings, plus my many years of hands-on experience, to advise client organizations large and small on how these shifts are or will affect them, and how they can respond to the threats and opportunities they pose.

Survival Value of Movies for Meaning

What’s the survival value of watching imitated-life in movies?  Is it to learn from shared experiences of past behavior? To know where we currently stand?  To imagine how the future changes?

: Will AI fuel nature’s creative/destructive cycle to create new life forms from existing ones? Alex Garland’s SHIMMERING SyFy movie ANNIHILATION answers “YES!” An allegory of our evolving realities?

(From a related post I wrote on “life as digital art” in the #FrictionlessSociety)

Increasingly, we can convert static intangible “frozen” thoughts into “liquid” information, which we can then design and build into tangible artifacts; what tangible artifacts we can design and build by any means, we can also convert back into intangible “liquid“ information to move or store for later use. This line of thought raises the question:  What is our new “art” for the #FrictionLessSociety™ of the digital age?

This brings us back to the fundamental question of “Why Art, anyway?”  Why do we need it? What is its purpose?  How does art’s existence improve our chance of survival?

I argue that “art” is necessary to give life meaning as life gets buffeted about by persistent change that is fueled by the constant clash between the forces of order and chaos. We shift from “lower” paradigm to the next “higher” paradigm in a constant search for the next stable view of  reality, a search that gets more difficult as life accelerates.  Our expression of art must change as the circumstances of our existence changes to keep us in sane balance–and it does.

Our world is being glued together by technological media that is both tangible and intangible. [Isn’t “tangible” just a first approximation to “intangible?”] If the technological media that stores and moves intangible information knowledge is generally called Social Media, the creative content of that current life of social media could be defined generally as social media art, or SociArt, or Frictionless art—SlikArt.  Subcategories of this new form of art for the digital age include the following familiar examples...

Also, read my essay on the movie and see Garland’s Amazing Q&A Video @ Google.