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From the Socrates bird's eye view it was also seen that since the end of WWII, when the US shifted away from technology-based planning, the means to execute technology-based planning elsewhere in the world had become significantly more sophisticated. As a result, it was obvious that for the US to remain an economic and military super-power it could not just execute technology-based planning as it had before WWII, or even try to adopt the means used by countries like Japan, India and China. Rather the US had to significantly move beyond how all countries of the world were executing their technology-based planning.
To determine how to leap-frog the technology-based planning of other countries, the Socrates team reviewed the history of mankind and determined that technology-based planning makes a revolutionary leap forward every few hundreds of years due to the interaction of two commodities: human effort and resources. As these two commodities evolve from simple to refined to standardized, their interaction generates revolutionary leaps forward in technology-based planning--History of Technology-Based Planning and Mankind Illustration.
For example, the first revolutionary leap forward of mankind for technology-based planning occurred between 2,600,000 and 40,000 B.C. At that time the simple human efforts of carrying, lifting, and observing and categorizing interacted with the simple resources of materials and energy found in their natural state-stone, water, and wind to produce crude tool-making.
In the twentieth century's automated production revolution, the processes of production were quantified, and standardized so that they could be automated. The same products were produced as before, but efficient production made them abundant and cheap and therefore widely available to people who previously could not even imagine being able to afford such products.
The Socrates team also found that mankind is poised for the next leap-the Automated Innovation Revolution.
The impact of the Automated Innovation Revolution on mankind will be greater than the impact of the automated production revolution. Today the process for technology innovation (i.e., technology acquisition and utilization) is haphazard and therefore highly inefficient-slow and costly. In the Automated Innovation Revolution, the process for acquiring and utilizing technology will be quantified so that it can be automated and therefore executed with a high level of efficiency. As a result, there will an endless, rapid stream of previously unimaginable products and services that will be based upon technology breakthroughs generated and utilized at an astronomically fast rate.
The Socrates team saw that the Automated Innovation Revolution will occur in the near term, and if the US is able to generate and lead the coming Automated Innovation Revolution, it will ensure that the US and its organizations will be able to not just reverse their respective declining economic healths, but it would ensure that the country and its organizations remain economic superpowers for many generations. On the other hand, if another country generates the Automated Innovation Revolution, it will be all but impossible for the US and its organizations to reverse the trend of their declining competitiveness. The US will quickly find its self in the position of being a second-rate debtor nation with no means of overcoming the massive competitive advantage provided by the Automated Innovation Revolution.