J curve

The term “J curve” is used in a myriad of ways to explain various fields:┬ábalance of trade model, private equity, stability vs. openness, medicine, political science/revolutions…

I think of a J curve along these lines: Five years ago I didn’t want a smartphone and saw no reason to ever own one. Today, I check my phone multiple times a day and use it to talk, text, tweet, surf, teach, write, find my way, locate┬árestaurants, buy tickets, and read–to name a few.

Our lives have changed dramatically because of technology, and whether we like it or not, life will change more suddenly than the past. That’s the J curve. Who knows what things will look like a few years from now. What will we be wearing? What will we be eating? Will technology eventually become so small it’s invisible?

How does that change us?