Technology in the 21st century is changing at a speed which was unheard-of by humans until last year when digitalization took industries large and small like a storm wanting every company to have a digital presence in order to sustain the pandemic. No one would have imagined what life would be today back in the early 2000's, prior to the widespread internet access and smartphone technology.
To envision the world in 2030, one requires a view of the opportunities available, whilst also recognizing the risks and challenges it brings along with itself. While some experts say that the digital revolution could eliminate more than 30% of jobs, others opine that it won’t be the end of human work, since new technologies are tomorrow’s source of employment.
No matter which side outweighs the other, we can only assume that our world will be a radically better place in 2030.
The world in 2030 includes some common concepts we know even today, like increased urbanization, a near-universal access to the internet, availability of organic food, autonomous vehicles, improved Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and lots more!
But, does this mean that the humans will lose their job?
While industrial robots are slowly making their way to replacing humans on assembly lines, they are making the lives easier and releasing them from any complicated tasks. Experts say that these robots are made to help the workers in reality by getting rid of tedious and repetitive tasks, so they have time to focus on ones which needs creative and innovative approach. While we cannot completely rule out the fact that there are certain jobs that will surely be under knife, however on a brighter side there will be other opportunities that'd be created through robotics and digital methods.
The exponential growth of digital technology could transform industries including manufacturing, agriculture, health, energy and mobility. Work will become less tedious, more flexible, easier to do and fun to learn.
Overall, connectivity between people and their devices will increase as more digital applications emerge that allow people to create, share and observe information. Also, there will be a sharp increase in connected devices; for instance, wearables, household appliances, cars etc.
All this connectivity and being able to share details at the fastest possible network might seem alluring. However, it surely does come with a downside. Some of these challenges and risks are already prominent even in 2020's.
1) Electronic waste
From personal devices like earphones to laptops and cell phones, everyday million tons of waste is thrown out around the globe. This risk will only worsen with each passing day as with these electronic items being available cheaply to most human global population and newer technologies and features coming on board.
2) Economic and human labour
Like discussed above, the impact technology brings like robots and automation, human labour market in particular faces the worst impact. Millions have lost their jobs already in the past decade and the drift will continue to grow.
3) Security and Privacy
With the rise of digital connectivity, cybersecurity concerns will increase. Hacking, fully autonomous vehicles, sharing every bit detail on social media, etc. we need to ensure safety of our personal data and assets. It will be important to consider the security, ownership and usage of the massive amount of personal data which is created and shared.
4) Over-reliance on technology
Progress sure is made by technology, but it is important to acknowledge that technology is not the silver bullet in all cases. Simple day to day tasks is being carried out by machines making humans more and more lazy, which further makes us more susceptible for medical issues.
Due to growing concerns about the accuracy of information encountered online, many websites and mobile applications are putting efforts to identify and address such scenarios. They have their own methods to fact-check data instantaneously. This puts us in a condition to have face-to-face meetings to confirm the data.
In conclusion, change may arrive sooner than 2030 or maybe later, but we all have to be prepared for living a life which is monitored and every single thing tracked by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The sooner we’re able to embrace the change will we enter a new age of prosperity and those who cannot embrace change will stumble and struggle to keep up. It is after all the law of nature; adaptation is the key of survival.
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