What are we doing differently in safety?

I subscribe to Peter Diamandis’s blog and have read his books Bold and Abundance. He is the creator of X-Prize (as only one of the awesome achievements), founder of many businesses and future thinker. I really enjoy read and listening to his stuff. Mainly because he makes me think about what I am doing and is it adding value or embracing the latest changes.

His latest blog/newsletter is a cracker. He draws your attention to how things where just ten years ago and the massive changes that have occurred since. Here is an excerpt:

Ten years ago…

The first video was uploaded to YouTube.
Facebook, then just a year old, dropped “the” from its old URL “thefacebook.com” after acquiring “facebook.com” for $200K.
An early prototype of an autonomous car completed the DARPA Grand Challenge for the first time.
The term “Drone” meant a military weapon system.
Bitcoin and blockchain didn’t exist, and wouldn’t be created for three more years.
Android was a small startup that Google had just acquired.
There were 6.4 billion humans on Earth, only ~1 billion were online, and none of them had heard of Uber or AirBnb.


YouTube has more than a billion users, who watch hundreds of millions of hours of video every day. Three hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
Facebook has 1.4 billion users from every country on Earth.
Every major car manufacturer is working on an autonomous model, and Google’s autonomous cars have logged over 1 million miles driving themselves.
Drones are now used by children, can be purchased at prices ranging from $50 to $1,500. The largest consumer drone company DJI (which was started in 2006) is valued at $10 billion.
Bitcoin and blockchain companies have raised hundreds of millions in venture capital and are poised to be potentially as disruptive as the Internet itself (see below).
Google now has over 1 billion active Android users.
Today, there are close to 7.4 billion humans on Earth, and ~3 billion are now online.
Uber, which was started in 2009, is valued at over $40 billion, and AirBnb, started in 2007, valued over $20 billion.

 Wow. It really made me think. What are we doing differently in Safety? How have we embraced the pace of change around us to drive different and better outcomes. How have we made changes that affect nearly everyone on the planet?

These question left me wanting to be frank. Our mental models seem antiquated and based on compliance and rules. Legislation and regulation controls which were appropriate at the time seem to hindered and focus attention in the wrong areas. Our thoughts on human decision making is basically wrong.

If we were to look ahead ten 10 years, what will the safety world look like? What things can we be doing to keep people safe? What problems would we have solved and how did we do it?

I’m going to ponder this question and get back to you.


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