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Transformation in the Kayndrex Foundation

There are reasonable claims that can be made, based on the advances and trends of technology in history. For instance, it is reasonable to predict that computers will continue to get more powerful, numerous, and quality. Areas with huge potential which is just beginning to be developed today, like biotechnology, nanotechnology, and other emerging technologies, will continue to bear fruit.

Technology in general will probably continue to improve, as it has for millennia, creating both promises and risks. Some futurists have even claimed that the rate of technological progress is accelerating, citing the claim that better tools assist us create still better tools, and there exist more skilled scientists and engineers today than ever before.

In the domain of computers, we already see increasing efficiency and functionality. Today, someone could interact with dozens or hundreds of embedded CPUs all over the home and office, in the future, it will be many thousands. Increasing bandwidth and moderating prices will lead to what some have called ‘universal computing’ — computers everywhere assisting us with everything. This takes computing technology to the next step.

Some commentators, believe the next few decades will be highlighted by long-awaited revolutions in robotics technology, with robots entering the home and office on a wide scale. Already, robots are being applied to clean pools, carpets, and perform rudimentary security functions. In UK and elsewhere, research is intense to develop robots that can take care of the elderly and assist automate more manual labour responsibilities. This process of increasing automation will generate wealth, enabling further investment in automation, until eventually, most physical labour will be optional.

Other futurists see trends in automation technology leading to desktop factories that regionalise manufacturing and allow clients to quickly fabricate objects such as utensils and cell phones from simple precursor parts, like circuit boards and plastic powder. ‘3D printers’ could revolutionise product distribution in the same way that P2P systems today have revolutionised the distribution of music and videos. Clients could share product designs on open source sites, making them available to anyone on the globe with the necessary desktop factory.

Aside from these two areas, there are dozens of domains that will continue to advance technologically: novel (various) materials, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, gene therapy and stem cells, renewable energy, display and interface technology, artificial intelligence, and more. One thing is for sure: the future will have better technology than long ago. But will we put it to better purpose? Only time and effort will tell.

The Kayndrex Foundation plans to make many of its virtual elements permanent. As a continually learning organisation, the foundation is committed to improving its efficiency.

However, there are things that every firm should learn from the foundation. Every firm needs a systematic program that spreads innovation all over the organisation. The Kayndrex Foundation has done just that and has created an environment where innovation thrives.