How your way of thinking is influenced by Technology

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To say that “life imitates art” is no longer a cute cliché’. Many young people grew up to become astronauts because they watched Star Trek on their thirteen-inch black and white television.

How many philosophers began their radical ways of thinking watching “the Twilight Zone”, how many Animal Linguists had their passions ignited by the Planet of the Apes movies, how many IT experts have watched the Matrix Trilogy over fifty times?

Everything about the world you live in is being affected and influenced by technology.

Right now, as I write this story am sitting in a hut on the edge of the Philippine Jungles of East Samar. The locals still climb their own coconut trees and go out fishing in the morning with hand-carved spears. The primary mode of transportation is water buffalo or a Pad, not an iPad, a Pad, which is a combination pedicab-tricycle. Still, even here almost everyone has a cell phone and knows where to find an internet hotspot, so they can listen to K-Pop.

If you are a business person and have not yet begun the journey of integrating technology in your business you are likely to be left in the dust. Maybe you think you can work your way around it? That’s what many different companies in many different industries companies thought when George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, George Goodyear, and many other visionary inventors of the day introduced innovations to existing technologies as well as new inventions.

Just as the industrial revolution created a major shift in commerce, in the last quarter-century there has been a tech-driven shift in personal, corporate, and societal, approaches to conducting business. The days of the brick and mortar business and office-based employment is certainly changing if not disappearing.

What we have now is an ever-expanding “gig economy. Gig economy is a term used to describe a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.

Here are two words you are going to be hearing a lot about if not already. Gamification and the Gig economy.

Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. It can also be defined as a set of activities and processes to solve problems by using or applying the characteristics of game elements. Gamification commonly employs game design elements to improve user engagement, organizational productivity, flow, learning, crowdsourcing, knowledge retention, employee recruitment and evaluation, ease of use, the usefulness of systems, physical exercise, traffic violations, voter apathy, and most of all, self-awareness.

Gamification and the gig economy is the future and it is here, now.

A collection of research on gamification shows that a majority of studies on gamification find it has positive effects on individuals. However, individual and contextual differences exist. Gamification can also improve an individual’s ability to comprehend digital content and understand a certain area of study such as music.

The End-Game

The future of business is here in gamification and the sharing economy. sort of like the Matrix

I’m the author: I am a game theorist, successful entrepreneur, and a teacher on peak performance. I am also a self-improvement coach offering advice for innovators of all levels who are dealing with obstacles and constraints in their work (and play).

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By L. Harrison

I’m passionate about offering advice on creativity, innovation, inspiration, self-improvement, life lessons, mental health information, love, & movie reviews.

If you have any ideas you would like me to write about just email me at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

The Source of this Story

This story was created from my seminar notes for (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory). To follow all of my extended Great Game Theory Guide postings and stories, check out the Table of Contents for the first few Medium.com postings at:

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About my stories on Medium

Most of my Medium stories, when related to natural healing. self-improvement, life lessons, mental health, and Eastern Philosophy are anchored into the concept of Applied Game Theory. This idea explores how and why people make certain choices, including decisions related to their health, well-being, and self-awareness.

Researchers into game theory have won over twenty Noble Prizes. The movie “A Beautiful Mind” is about the life of John Nash, one of the pioneers in game theory. Of course, the most sophisticated competitive and strategic game in existence is the Chinese game of Go. Learn more about the powerful tool, game theory, for self-improvement.

Using all of the gaming skills you have learned from the sandbox, through Rubick’s Cube, and now into video games and sports will change your life in every way, for the better.

I explain this gamer-thinking in the Medium.com article below. The article was written so that a 12-year-old can easily understand and apply the simple 3 step system. The article also includes a short video interview of me with Jim Selman a pioneer and thought leader in leadership, business success, and innovation.

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About the Author: Lewis Harrison, is a speaker a strategist specializing in applied game theory, strategies, decision science, and personal improvement.

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I am always exploring trends, innovations, areas of interest, and solutions to build new stories upon. Again, if you have any ideas you would like me to write about just email me at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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