A positive effect of technology - making innovations to work for everyone
Last Update: Jul 2, 2018
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is driving rapid advances in technology, and it causes fast and radical changes affecting businesses and individuals. Technology innovations have a potential to solve many of the world’s most urgent problems such as climate change, resource reduction, inequality, modern slavery, and decease. The effective implementation of innovative solutions such as robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, Data Science helps to solve economic problems.
But the same technological advances might have a negative impact and increase certain risks if they aren’t applied in a thoughtful, smart, and sustainable way. Decision makers are responsible to ensure that technological innovations are implemented to maximize their positive impact while minimizing social, ethical, and environmental concerns.
Technology professionals should showcase technology’s positive impact on society and the economy. It is also important to explain what impact technology has on the job market, skills, health, privacy, security, and the environment and what needs to be done to reduce respective risks.
Responsible and positive attitude to technology helps to adapt innovations quickly. Apart from business needs, individuals can use technology tools to:
- Promote engagement;
- Foster positive emotions;
- Boost social integration;
- Support self-empowerment.
Technology has become an essential part of our lives regardless our age, education level, job titles, and interests. It also means that the implementation of new technological solutions requires professional approach, responsibility, and accountability.