As technology continues to rapidly advance and change, it brings with it the promise of completely reshaping the way in which we consume content. With massive competition in the field of live streaming as well as the buy-in from Facebook, live streaming promises to become one of the major avenues for content distribution in the future. As more users seek out live and immersive experiences and as the technology continues to become cheaper, virtual reality goggles will allow consumers to understand the news in a completely different light. All of this comes with more and more data on users, which, if utilized correctly, can allow for better personalization.
The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is coming, but most workers are not afraid that it will lead to job losses, according to a Monday report from HPE and Aruba. Some 71% of employees said they would welcome a fully-automated workplace, as it would allow organizations to build smarter, more effective working environments. "While automation is often discussed in terms of what it might do in the medium to long-term future, our research is a reminder that there are tangible benefits to be unlocked through the automation of equipment and the office environment today," the report stated. "It found both that the vast majority of employees are enthusiastic about this prospect, and that they are willing to make trade-offs such as personal data for personalized tools." Employees also expressed enthusiasm for other digital workplace technologies: 71% of employees said that biometric data should replace passwords, the report found.
At the same time, however, a new and unwelcome consequence of our increasingly hyper-connected world is also likely to grow exponentially: the continuous uptick in hacking and massive data breaches. Until we transition IT systems control structures from linear hierarchical architecture to a more robust network architecture, the expansion of hyper-connected networks will result in hackers having many more opportunities to breach systems. If we are too slow in making this necessary shift, the day will likely come when one madman will be able to shut down an electrical grid, use IoT to spread a deadly virus, or possibly unleash a weapon of mass destruction. And if this were to happen, perhaps the concerns about an independent-minded AI might materialize should it harness its formidable intelligence and exercise its power of judgment to stop the madness or even eliminate the threat. Just as Jennings and Rutter were easily defeated by IBM's Watson, if human intelligence and machine intelligence remain separate entities, then these fears may prove true.
The digital revolution has launched a new era of human empowerment and engagement across business, society and in every aspect of our lives. Never before has there been a more powerful influence on human behavior, irrespective of country or culture, than the combined effect of digital technologies. The effects of this shift on society are tremendous and, in particular, are dramatically changing our leadership responsibilities whether in politics, professionals in business, teachers in school or parents raising children. Leading in the new digital world is like walking a very thin tightrope. Digital platforms deliver immense value, enabling us to connect, collaborate and broaden our minds – raising awareness about important issues, bringing people together for a common purpose and achieving new breakthroughs.