The Future Isn’t About Tech

There’s no denying that technology will play a massive role in shaping the future.

5G coupled with IoT has the capacity to completely redefine how we connect to each other, services and spaces; enabling everything from seamlessly connected smart homes and autonomous car routes, to the delivery of healthcare at lightning speeds. The growing integration of AI into different industries will transform how, when, and where we work. Then there’s the fact that living to the ripe old age of 130 could very well be a possibility sooner than we may think. (But if we’re aging healthier and living longer, those early retirement dreams might be a thing of the past).

Technology offers us the tools and opportunities to make our lives easier, more productive, and not to mention, more exciting. And it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of all those possibilities – particularly when we live comfortable middle-class lives, or better. But we have to remember that technology is made for people, by people and as such, we must be mindful of what we’re creating and who will benefit from it.

“We are not just in a technological crisis. We are in a philosophical crisis.” Nicholas Thompson

Technology is evolving at breakneck speeds and the race for rapid advances doesn’t necessarily provide for the time required to delve deep into what these advances mean for different segments of society and different nations.

We have to start asking the questions that matter.

While we’re rushing ahead to hone and install 5G networks in our own backyards, are we creating an even larger digital divide between us and nations that can’t afford the expensive infrastructure required?

If we’re feeding AI with data collected from people who have access to the latest technology, are we missing the data we need to understand the poor and marginalized?

We might be able to live 130 years with the latest tech but how can we make that tech accessible to everyone?

What can our processes in building tech do today to start building a more equitable future?

Because the future isn’t about tech. The future is about people.

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