Technology is changing every aspect of our lives, but we often don’t give it much of a thought as we go about our day-to-day: how it helps us get from point A to point B, communicate with friends and family, procure what we need with relative ease, or monitor our health.
As such, we don’t often think about how technological advancement decisions are made or who makes them (who decided self-driving cars should be the next big thing?). In reality, very few people make the key decisions about what purpose a technology will serve, whose lives it will change as a result, or how success should be measured and communicated.
Right now – particularly amid the pandemic – business leaders, technology providers, governments, and citizens have an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate on how technology supports collective goodwill.
The Global Positioning System (GPS), owned by the US Government, offers a great example of how government, enterprise, and community can collectively benefit from a technology investment. GPS is a space program taxpayers invested in decades ago (the project began in 1973). Today, GPS is literally in our pockets: we benefit in a myriad of ways, both individually and societally, from its location, navigation, mapping, and timing technology.
With technologies like natural language processing and conversational AI now available to us, we have the potential to improve our interactions with the government, hold Big Tech accountable, and pave the way toward a more cooperative, empowered humanity.
“We’re reshaping reality. That’s what we’re doing. We’re not deploying technology. Technology is not an industry anymore. It is an integrated enabler of everything that we actually care about.” –Baratunde Thurston
Listen to this episode of More Intelligent Tomorrow, the first in our new second season, to learn:
- How the pandemic changed our relationships with work, work/life balance, and our traditional expectations of workers.
- What we can learn from major social shifts spurred on by the pandemic.
- How technology that exists today can be fast-tracked to address critical social, health, and security issues.
- How to take a more proactive role in how technology integrates into our lives.
- How technology can empower greater transparency and accountability in enterprises and governments.