Lecture Three is where we start to question the technological utopiaÂ Kelly,Â Evans, andÂ TapscottÂ seem to set up. We will discuss where the realÂ digital revolution may lie,Â the concept of risk, the darker side of theÂ internet, and whether technology really has theÂ capacityÂ to saveÂ us at all.Â We will discuss automation, abundance,Â that no employmentÂ sector will be immune to technologicallyÂ drivenÂ automation over the coming decades, and the challenges we face as a result will be both direct – and mortalÂ to bothÂ capitalismÂ andÂ democracy, theÂ risks associated with social networks, what it means to be born with inbuilt human SEO, the impact of beingÂ ‘naked’Â on the Internet, the good the bad and the ugly side of virtual sock-puppets,Â whatÂ â€˜Dark Matter’Â and theÂ ‘Dark Walletâ€™Â is and what path they may be leading us down, and lastly – which will lead into the following week,Â a discussion on whether technology should have any say on the ongoing question of humanity. Like always I have a few things I want you to check out in advance. a TED Talk delivered byÂ AlessandroÂ Acquisiti,Â an article byÂ RoisinÂ KiberdÂ on theÂ ‘fappening’, and article byÂ CharlesÂ SeifeÂ onÂ ‘sockpuppets’, and an article byÂ Andy GreenbergÂ onÂ ‘dark matter and dark wallet’. Links to everything you need below.
In certain contexts, Kelly, Evans, Tapscott, and Chalmers (The Extended Mind Thesis) paint a fairly utopianÂ future for both business and humanity – just how big are the risks here …
And this is an add-on guys. Just to keep you thinking. Within Lecture Three are some angles that strongly argue that technology and automation will replace human jobs and subsequently wreak havoc on the middle class. Here is one example of that -Â “Those who study the matter believeÂ that something in the order of one-half of existing jobs will be eliminated in the coming one to two decades, and that no sector will be immune to automation.Â In 2014 another CEO announced atÂ DavosÂ that most traditional white collar jobs were also on the digital chopping block.Â And no one foresees any new employment sectors opening up that are sufficient to swallow the displaced workers or the hundreds of millions of people entering the work-force across the planet.Â Not even close”.Â And so in keeping with the nature of this course – of critical inquiry and debate – there always being more than one side to the story – and a chance for you to develop your own truth – I wanted to share a few articles with you that counter such claims.Â Â Important Note:Â These extra articles areÂ not assessable and do not form part of your quiz next week.Â They are offered just to keep you thinking. Check em out on the side of the Lyne talk.
“The greatest task before civilisation at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men”
Do you think we still have aÂ chance Â â€¦