From the diary of Dr Thompson
Mankind is standing on the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution. It is being driven by the technologies that surround us and it scares the hell out of me. I am one of the people who is instrumental in the building and expanding of digitization and yet I do not know how it will effect society, the people around me or even me, as an individual.
As with the three industrial revolutions that proceeded it, the fourth industrial revolution is a reflection of the choices and desires of people but, more than ever before, people are entering this era with a total lack of understanding of what they really want technology to deliver for them and what kind of a world they want to live in.
Jeff and I were discussing this at the lab today and reflecting on the wise words of Schwab: “There has never been a time of greater promise, or one of greater potential peril.” People are being blinded to the threats posed by digitization because they do not want to see them. They embrace the benefits offered by technology which appear to increase the efficiency, ease and capacity for enjoyment of our lives while simultaneously reducing the costs, and they fail to think further than that.
They do not know that half of the world’s household wealth now belongs to the richest one percent of the population and they do not see the rise in greed and corruption as everyone tries to grab their piece of the economic pie with no thought to the consequences.
They are living through the bizarre weather conditions that are occurring world-wide, they read the stories of the fish and other ocean life dying due to consumption of plastic and they suffer the consequences of cancers caused by water and air pollution, holes in the ozone layer and animal and vegetable food products tainted by hormones, artificial sweeteners, colourants and fertilizers and yet, they do not really see.
Jeff and I agree that we are on the brink of a revolution, whether it will go the way the general populace expects, or whether it will degenerate into a fight for the survival of our race, we have yet to see.
Written for Sue Vincent’s weekly photo challenge “Threshold”. You can join in the challenge here: https://scvincent.com/2019/04/04/thursday-photo-prompt-threshold-writephoto/