How digital technologies impact us
Digital changes have reached about half of the world’s population in two decades.
In hospitals, technologies are helping to save lives, diagnose diseases and extend life longevity.
Public services are becoming more accessible through blockchain systems, and less bureaucratically burdensome as a result of AI assistance
In education, virtual learning and distance learning have opened up to students who would otherwise be excluded.
But, there are some who are yet to be connected remain cut off from the benefits of this new era. Many of those are women, the elderly, persons with disabilities, ands indigenous residents of poor or remote areas. Globally, the proportion of women using the internet is 12 per cent lower than men. Recently it widened in the least developed countries from 30 to 33 per cent.
How digital technologies impact” social media”?
Social media enables people to make their voices heard and to talk to people across the world in real time. However, it can also reinforce prejudices and sow discord, by giving hate speech and misinformation a platform, or by amplifying echo chambers.
How digital technologies impact “Work”?
Reports suggest that almost 800 million people could lose their jobs to automation by 2030, while polls reveal that the majority of all employees worry that they do not have the necessary training or skills to get a well-paid job.
There is broad agreement that managing these trends will require changes in our education, by placing more emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and maths; and by ensuring that people can re-skill and up-skill throughout their lifetimes. Unpaid work, for example childcare and elderly care in the home, need to be better supported, especially with the shifting age profile of global populations, the demands on these jobs are about to increase.
How digital technologies impact” Data”?
Digital technologies like data pooling and AI are used to track and diagnose errors in agriculture, health, and the environment, or to perform tasks such as navigating traffic or paying a bill. They can be used to defend and exercise human rights – but they can also be used to violate them, for example, by monitoring our movements, purchases, conversations and behaviors. Governments and businesses increasingly have the tools to mine and exploit data for financial and other purposes.
If there were a formula for better regulation of personal data ownership, data would become an asset to a person. Data-powered technology has the potential to empower individuals, improve human welfare, and promote universal rights, depending on the type of protections put in place. Interested in articles like this? Contact Amir Khademi