People say that the future of work is decentralized, but ‘people’ also said that in 2021 we’d fly our car to work. Robots would make quality leisure time society’s biggest challenge, and you’d be able to do quick pinprick blood diagnostics in the bathroom while your prickly pear enzyme face mask is activated.
Between propaganda, confirmation bias, and the bureaucratic jargon that George ‘1984’ Orwell called ‘duckspeak,’ it’s difficult to get a clear signal.
Are Central Business Districts dead, zombified, or just resting between roles? Will home offices become the norm? Remote but digitally connected to everyone does seem super-Aquarian.
Remote But Digitally Connected To Everyone Is Super-Aquarian
In news that won’t surprise anyone who worked from home for years, it apparently improves productivity. Free from biologically unnatural conditions such as intensive proximity to people who may not be of similar temperament, artificial lighting, imposed corporate culture, commuting, dress obligations, real-time work politics, and the quality-killing expectation to ‘look busy’ or ‘show your working,’ employees have better focus.
Of course, if everyone decentralizes, new issues arise: Inadvertently pasting your hypochondriac googling results into work windows, not realizing the camera is on, overwrought surveillance, and rural towns in an uproar over the influx of urban ‘ex-pats.’
Inadvertently Uploading Your Hypochondriac Googling Results
It’s hard to tell if it’s going to be the reverse of the industrial revolution when broad chunks of the population left the regions to settle in cities or if it will snap back to a new-ish normal. The impending arrival of Uncle Pluto in Aquarius means that it won’t be whatever the pundits are predicting. Or it will be but with a surreal plot twist.
As the table below depicts, the weirdness (and ingenuity) that went down in the first six months of Uranus in Aquarius (1995) was off the chain. Yes, even by today’s standards. Imagine the level of tech-society disrupt/evolution when Pluto crosses those degrees in 2023?
Citing your Sun Sign or any relevant astrological data, where are you at? Are you (a) displaced and in flux, (b) delighted to be able to reinvent your work modality, (c) reading this from your secret hideout, or (d) longing for the day when you can power-strut back into the arena because work/business and home should be separate?
And what’s your call on all this?
Image: High Treason – 1929