miércoles, 6 de noviembre de 2019

A Digital Welfare State for Algorithmic Natives

Some years after the first wave of Internet based digital technologies, we started to notice the appearance of a new kind of individuals that we called "digital natives". Their unadvertised emergence was a surprise for all the social and economic structures, from private companies to governments, who quickly need to develop measures and actions to serve their needs and satisfy their yearnings. Nobody expected that a new breed of applications may have such a global and quick impact on humanship, used to a slowest adoption of technologies.

Headed by AI, 5G and IoT, a new wave of technologies are starting to be massively available. Perhaps, some people may think the raise of these emerging technologies is nothing more than the evolution of the well-known Internet based digital technologies, and therefore with not significant different impact on population. For good or bad, this will not be so. The "algorithmic natives" will be masively exposed to intelligent machines (AI) in an ubiquity manner (5G) with all their acts and thoughts susceptible to be captured and handle by public and private third parties (IoT).

The reaction to the first wave of digital technologies based on Internet has been difficult. Digital giants have grown unleashed, many legacy companies have disappeared unable to understand the need to adopt the new technologies, people have painfully discovered their lack of skills to develop their jobs and governments have been mainly reactive and tackled the issues when the snowball was already mutated into an avalanche. 

Fortunately, things should not be same with the adoption of these new generation of digital technologies. The signs of change have been identified in the craddle. Although, we are still struggling to rein the consequences of the first wave, companies have understood the need to be early adopters of digital technologies and the so called "digital natives" are more capable to adopt innovations than their parents. Even governments and institutions have grasped the urgency to react quickly and that evidence based regulation should not be at odds with speed.

More complex technologies, but also a better prepared society to deal with them. The "algorithmic natives" may be more able to achieve and be provided with a digital welfare society than the predecesors "digital natives".

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