"An ever-expanding array of ratings will expose so-so doctors + patients who do not take their meds" @TheEconomist http://t.co/ivhRT0SI6b
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) September 22, 2013
It describes a future largely stripped of middling jobs and broad prosperity. An elite 10-15% of Americans will have the brains and self-discipline to master tomorrow’s technology and extract profit from it, he speculates. They will enjoy great wealth and stimulating lives. Others will endure stagnant or even falling wages, as employers measure their output with 'oppressive precision'. Some will thrive as service-providers to the rich. A few will claw their way into the elite (cheap online education will be a great leveller), bolstering the idea of a 'hyper-meritocracy' at work: this 'will make it easier to ignore those left behind'. Mr Cowen’s vision is neither warm nor fuzzy. In his future, mistakes and even mediocrity will be hard to hide: eg, an ever-expanding array of ratings will expose so-so doctors and also patients who do not take their medicines or otherwise spell trouble."