I have always bought into the idea that you can’t speak to someone about the future, without someone eventually referencing a movie, book, comic, or some other science fiction reference. For example, when I started talking about Augmented Reality, people immediately mention the movie “Minority Report”. The fear of artificial intelligence taking control without human intervention may lead to global thermonuclear war as in “War Games” and robots bring visions of “I, Robot”. So here is another one for you, and bear with me, those that know me, know that I am a true Star Wars fan.
So, I thought I would take this opportunity to chime in on the latest trailer of “The Rise of Skywalker” and my theory of who Rey is. What does this have to do with Gartner and research and the future? I am so glad you asked! In a recent post, Human Transformation – Is it time to get strategic about it?I define human transformation (human augmentation really) as the enhancement of the human to increase their capabilities and expand their capacity (physically, cognitively, and behaviorally) through the use of technology and science”. In fact, I discuss the idea that enterprises will be intentional about “architecting the perfect employee” using human augmentation, in detail in my Maverick research note, Maverick* Research: Architecting Humans for Digital Transformation. Finally, I am using Continuous Foresight thinking (SHAMELESS PLUG – the first podcast episode on Continuous Foresight is live here). Now that we have all of the backgrounds out of the way, let’s talk about Star Wars.
I have always considered Darth Vader the example of the perfect employee. Here’s why:
Bought into ideals of the organization (the Empire)
understood business outcomes
trained specifically for his job
bought into the goals of the organization
supported leadership (Emperor Palpatine)
augmented to do his job more effectively (instilling fear, using the Force)
Let’s focus on the last bullet point. Spoiler Alert- in the Darth Vader comics series (yes I still read comic books), it was pointed out that Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine) manipulated Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) , while still in the womb of Shmi, his mother, to increase the midi-chlorian count. This would prove to make Anakin extremely strong in the Force. Not by natural means, but by the use of a sense of bioengineering. Star Wars also had introduced us to the idea of clones, when Obi-wan Kenobi mentioned the Clone Wars way back in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Also, it was later determined that the original opening scene of The Force Awakens was actually Luke’s severed hand, from The Empire Strikes Back flying in space “I can tell you now, the original opening shot of [Episode] VII, the first thing that came into frame was a hand and a lightsaber, a severed hand,” Hamill reveals in a video Q&A with The Sun timed to May the 4th. “It enters the atmosphere [of the desert planet Jakku] and the hand burns away.” Finally, all of a sudden Palpatine is returning to Sequal Trilogy, in which one of the main questions is who are Rey’s parents. With me so far?
What if Darth Vader was meant to be the perfect employee, but turned out to turn against his employer. So Palpatine, took another shot in Architecting the perfect Jedi (well really Sith) in using bioengineering technology to mix the DNA of Luke (from his hand), Darth Vader which he had ample opportunity to get, Darth Maul, Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus) and any other Jedi to combine their DNA to produce Rey. In that case, she has no real parents per se, but is made of DNA from all the greatest and strongest Jedi (Sith) in history?