The Digital Paradox: A Q4 Excerpt
Our Q4 cultural almanac is here to wrap up the year that was.
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THE DIGITAL PARADOX CONTINUES
At the start of the year, we wrote of a change in the public’s perception of digital technology’s impact on society. Just as the Industrial Revolution brought labor unrest, income inequality, and environmental distress, the tech revolution is grappling with its own litany of negative consequences.
And, indeed, 2018 proved to be even more tumultuous for the tech world than we could have expected.
Since we published our Q3 digest, there have been more controversies over platforms spreading misinformation and hate speech, providing bad metrics and suffering data breaches.
So, what have all these controversies taught us?
KEEPING UP WITH THE TECH HYPE
At the start of the year, we covered the key advances in emerging technologies such as blockchain and voice and considered whether these innovations will catch up to the massive hype preceding their adoption.
Since then, the year has provided more clarity around what to expect from these—and other—emergent technologies.
And the next tech to have a profound impact on our lives is likely one we’ve known about and have seen hyped for years: 5G. The seamless interaction between devices 5G will enable will be critical to bringing about another hyped tech innovation: the Internet of Things.
THE TECH TO WATCH OUT FOR: AI
At the start of the year, we covered the advances in artificial intelligence that were making an impact on every industry. We also looked at the mixed feelings many have about AI, with fear being a predominant response.
Since then, we’ve only seen more evidence that every business leader needs to understand AI’s growing ability and impact.
And just what exactly will that impact look like?
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