Digital technologies, applications, tools, and systems have made human life more comfortable. But beyond that, technology is changing society and the way people relate to each other and the world. We cannot say how society will change in the future, but we can see how it has changed now.
High speed, accessibility, and low cost of contemporary communication have made enterprises more efficient, and life is more flexible. Today everything is solved in minutes. Technology has become part of every sphere of life and transformed the whole society.
Digital technologies speed up time, scale, and reduce distance. Information becomes more accessible and increases human productivity. Among the population of developed countries, 67% believe
that digital technologies have a positive impact on their quality of life and well-being in general. In 2019, the OECD conducted a "digital well-being"
assessment for the first time, analyzing how the widespread adoption of digital technologies affects 11 essential determinants of quality of life, through creating new opportunities or generating additional risks. The study found a positive impact due to increased accessibility of education, advanced training, improved quality control, and protection in involving people in technology.
Earnings and employment
Recent events have changed the labor market a lot. Remote work
, online meetings, and conferences have become commonplace. But technology is changing the labor market significantly. Some specialties are waiting for a complete modernization. For example, the foreman in the future will have to master a wide range of skills and knowledge, be able to use sophisticated engineering equipment and software analysis to diagnose constructions. Companies will be able to save money using one qualified professional who can control both production and economic processes with digital tools.
Besides, companies are already changing the approach to finding specialists, ways to evaluate their skills and talent, for example, through online platforms. McKinsey data
, based on a study of 160 economies, says that by 2025, digital platforms will create more than 72 million jobs and bring in more than $2.7 trillion in global GDP. Hiring platforms are changing the classic approaches of companies to search not only customers but also employees because they provide comprehensive information in the form of feedback.
Moreover, technology will help to stop the use of slave and child labor, and digital control will make corporate culture transparent and earning honest.
E-learning has become more widespread
over the past year. The new type of lectures, implemented in the digital environment, provide communication between students and the teacher, and enable quality group interaction. Education becomes more individual and requires more involvement.
The motivation of the student gained even more weight in the selection of quality educational programs. Schools and Universities use digital talent selection and evaluation techniques, and a high degree of motivation and self-organization of applicants is crucial for distance education. In addition to classical education, the popularity of additional courses, online training, and the proportion of self-learning is growing. The constant development of technology requires regular improvement of skills and continued education throughout life.
Hunger and rational resource allocation
With the UN estimating that there are 10 to 11% of the world's hungry people, the world's food is abundant: up to 30% of all food is wasted after falling into disrepair or because of unclaimed food. Therefore, the real cause of hunger is not overpopulation but uneven food distribution on the planet and poverty. Smart farms
and smart supply chains, equipped with the Internet of Things, online platforms, AI for resource allocation are already solving the problem of hunger. Technologies bring better resource allocation and increased productivity.
Support for conscious consumption
Conscious consumption is a crucial modern trend. The more people think about the impact of their consumer habits on the environment, the more chances for people to prevent an environmental disaster. Digital platforms transform individual efforts to change the production system and bring together collective action, civic engagement, and people's participation in political decision-making.
make up complexes that bring people together, services/goods, business processes, and other aspects into a single system. In such an environment, data exchange is at the expense of the Internet and other means of communication, which allows to automatically coordinate the actions of both people and digital and other resources. By receiving data from all sources, such a system can process information more efficiently than a person, leading to new opportunities in business or other areas. Digital technologies are changing the world before our eyes, and these are the tools that will allow people to change the world in the right way.