In the second of a series of promoted podcasts with Seacom, TechCentral’s Duncan McLeod talks to chief commercial officer Steve Briggs about how technology is reshaping society.
The conversation touches on the digital divide — especially in the South African context — and what can be done to address it. This divide is not only about access to the Internet, but also to work opportunities and growth in an environment where technology skills are increasingly prized by business.
Automation and digital processes are transforming businesses, and Briggs believes this could ultimately have a very real social impact. Are we rushing blindly into this future without giving sufficient thought to the potential consequences?
Briggs talks about how the concept of work is changing, how new skills will be needed as business transforms for the digital era and the impact this will have on employment and employability.
The conversation touches on the concept of a universal basic income grant and whether it has to a role to play in avoiding social unrest and other problems that might emerge as the world moves into the so-called fourth Industrial Revolution.
Briggs talks about the impact of social media, why it’s not necessarily a force for good, the impact on democracy and the role of government regulation. He explains why he believes it’s ultimately up to ordinary citizens to escape the echo chambers that social media platforms tend to reinforce.
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