Peter Macree asked:
Could rapid advancements with technology led to higher levels of social inequality?
We close the show with Tamara Roukaerts, marketing tech expert from TRM&C who answers a question that listener Peter Macree got in touch with: Could rapid advancements with technology lead to higher levels of social inequality?
Tamara - Well certainly, a lot of technology does confer an efficiency advantage on people who use it. So, if you have a Smartphone, there potentially is an advantage over someone who has a feature phone. If you use the internet, you potentially have an economic advantage over somebody who does not use the internet.
These kinds of disparities in access to technology do have socio-economic implications. They can sometimes even serve to increase the divide. I think that's why itís so important to bear that in mind when new technologies come on stream, so that fewer people get left behind.
Itís really easy to glance over the fact that over 20% of the UK population have yet to go online. That's more than 10 million people and 16 million lack basic internet skills, like being able to send an email or browsing the internet. Potentially, that would be like a social or an economic handicap. You might find it extremely difficult to get a job. Over 90% of jobs these days actually have some ICT component to them.
Hannah - Thanks to Tamara Roukaerts.
Technology impacts our life in many ways.
Some 30 years ago I was headhunted by a company that made confectionery. Pleasant chat about applied physics (uniform heating of viscous fluids etc) and programmable machines, then a tour of the factory. My interviewer said "We have 800 employees on this site and we make n thousand packets of sludge a day . We'd like you to double the output and reduce the workforce to 10 in 3 years."
The one thing that men do have on women is a more continuous presence in the workforce. Of course that isn't true in all cases, but many women take a decade off of either no work or part time work during a critical early portion of their career.
I think the biggest, selective effect that computer technology will have is on people who want to, or can communicate effectively. On the one hand, it works against those who can't write or even find a library to use a computer. On the other hand, it's hugely empowering to those who can, both politically, and economically. They can exchange information, economic resources (buy and trade) and by pass the capitalist gate keepers (whether it is the music industry execs who decide what bands they promote, or the government who taxes goods and services) in a way they never could before. cheryl j, Tue, 1st Oct 2013
Modern judicial practice is to advise the administration on how to fight politically correct wars, rather than prevent them from starting wars. This makes it harder to actually win the wars, but the enemies are usually not really a threat to our existence and we have a nuclear button as a last resort. So it's full speed ahead for profits and a use for all that excess population. grizelda, Tue, 1st Oct 2013