“A champion named Goliath came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels. On his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.”
– 1 Samuel 17 Verse 4
We all know what happens next. The Philistine champion, weighed down with his traditional armor, was defeated by a smaller, faster, nimble warrior, with God on his side. Recently, I have had enlightening conversations with some potential Davids and a few Goliaths.
Everyone is talking about the “internet of things” and becoming entranced by the lure of technology. Imagine your refrigerator ordering beer when it senses that stocks are low and a big college football game is about to start. Pre-programmed drones would then deliver your favorite beverage without you even lifting a finger. Maybe your coffee maker could brew an extra-large cup when your sleep monitor knows you were tossing and turning the night before. Vacuum cleaners will know when Fido is in the house and will follow him around when air sensors know he is shedding. It all sounds great – but will I have to buy SmartNet?
Confession time… Although I was an athlete in high school, I wasn’t actually in the “jock clique.” On the contrary, I was loosely affiliated with the “nerds,” as several of them were on my swim team. Perhaps empowered by the 1984 film “Revenge of the Nerds,” this group of friends and other nerds across the country started becoming successful, and their revenge continues to this day.
I predict that a new group of nerds will rule over the next ten years. While engineers have enjoyed high wages over the past couple of decades, experts are predicting that software development will generate double-digit employment growth rates, with average salaries near $100,000. At Relus Technologies, we plan to hire 40 such people over the next two years, all with six-figure incomes.