Monday, 14 November 2016

The Bipolar New Order: from the Artisan to the Extreme Tech, the Digital Revolution to follow, in Society and Economy - directly from Web Summit 2016, Lisbon, PT, (Part A).

Photo above: Andrew McAfee, MIT; Gary Marcus, Geometric Intelligence; Tom Dotan,The Information - in a discussion with topic: "The future of the worker", at the Centre stage of Web Summit, 8/11/2016, Lisbon, Portugal. 


It remains an exorbitant ambition to try and summarize a world summit upon the subject of technology today- provided that digital technology will be the crucial factor of transformation in all fields: science, industry, education, health, design, business, arts and crafts. The charismatic speakers came to present all new technological ventures , regarding the future of the web- and eventually of the world. They arrived in Lisbon this November 2016 from all over the world, trying to promote, sell, convince but also evangelize the software that will guarantee solutions for all the tantalising issues societies will deal with, from now on. Internet, AI, VR, 3D printing, coding, data security, robot engineering but also jobs, social care, public health, minimum income, risks, rational governance, security and creativity - were loudly pronounced among the formidable inventions, applications and start-ups we witnessed during the convention. 

"Work in the factory is gone" stated Andrew McAfee, co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the discussion with 
topic "The future of the worker".
AI, will apparently take over in jobs like learning and public transports.The problem is, most governments are not ready about it. In a few years we will talk to robots in services, and apps like Apple Siri convey the technology to that level, in the next decade. The dominant question in the post-work utopia will be if we will lose too many positions to mashines. Are, we humans, going to continue to be relevant anymore? 

Antoine Blondeau, CEO of Sentient Technologies in California, US, continued even further. In his lecture "Sentient Technologies: Scaled AI solves the world's most complex problems", referred to future platforms of AI designing AI and focused on the MIT projects of Cyber agriculture, where intelligent technology will change entirely the traditional notion of the farmer, as we knew it until now. Martin Hofmann, (in picture bellow), CIO of Volkswagen illustrated the collaborative work between robotic car engineers and human designers in the VW atelier in Berlintalking explicitly on the staggering new technology: Google Home and Amazon Echo voice recognition algorythms, (among other things).

Web Summit Co Founder Paddy Cosgrave also insisted on the work subject - the future of jobs.
Provided the complete automatisation in many sectors, how 
governments are going to deal with the unqualified worker of the future? 
Transitional learning experiences for the "small" employee will have to be effective, therefore inevitable - otherwise there will be chaos. 

"Big companies need to become as agile as start-ups",
announced Werner Vogels, chief technology officer and Vice President of Amazon.com, also in charge of driving technology innovation within the company - at Miguel Helft from Forbes before a full Center stage. 
The title of their B2B convo: " Growth at any cost: Mercenaries vs missionaries" (photo bellow). The competition will come from small companies in the future, accordind to W. Vogels, so go-global attitude, fast execution together with cost, will be defining to any company's success. Furthermore, after a certain level, IT does not matter, in the sense that IT is not a differentiator to the customer/user at the very end. Who will survive the market? Wrong question, (no matter the ethics of the company apparently), how the market will get enlarged is the main issue. Classic.

In an era, not so far from now, that you will scan your body (ex. Breast) with an app on your mobile, skipping the expense of the diagnostic center and you will e-mail the scan directly to your GP- OR you will be programming your house temperature, and other devices to assist the senior members of the family (unable to enter a Senior's state facility because of the abolition of these high-cost units by the state)- the crucial subject of managing public health data and services with efficient digital technology, capitalises every governmental discussion. A huge headache that involves possible security and quality risks, especially in the first stages of technologies like these, as observes CFO / Board Member at DocPlanner.com, (photo bellow) the biggest european booking platform and management software provider for doctors in Europe and Latin America with 17 million patients each month. In his common talk with babylon Health, Gary Mudie and Akshat Rathi, (Quartz): "On demand healthcare: Convenience over quality", mentionned how each country's national health system infrastructure & particularities are fundamental to the adoption of similar platforms.

"Millenials are interested in data philanthropy.
They share data, offer data and they want to get something back...an (ethical) reward". "A cognitive system understands and translates big data into insights in a transparent way".

Dr. Kyu Rhee, Vice President and Chief Health Officer at IBM Corporation, (see photo bellow).

Dr. Kyu Rhee's elaborate presentation on the IBM Watson Health platform for National Health systems to run effectively and quickly patient records and treatments, but also his talk with Akshat Rathi, (Quartz) on how fitness data devices really affect our state of health and our state of ... mind- evoked several questions. 
How feasible such platforms are for all countries? From Switzerland to Zambia? 
Fitness tracking devices have an intelligence outcome 
for all people indeed?...Two of the most fascinating talks of the event. 

On creativity, fashion education, 3D printing, smart houses, VR and filming, virtual archaeology, Bono, jokes, apps and start-ups fave-list!!! 
Stay tuned for Part B of WEB SUMMIT 2016!

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