New Technologies for Disrupting the Economy: Business, Employment and Skills

La Libre Belgique published an analysis from Patrick Van Campenhout on 20 April 2017 entitled “Surviving in the network economy in 2025 means having to adapt, quickly!”, read some extracts below:

"..the topics of today will be hot issues over the next 10 years: connected objects, robots, artificial intelligence, new “collaborative”-type economic models.

But between now and 2025, what we will be talking a great deal about to ensure that these new models don’t run off the road is the management of data. “Big data” is already a source of both hope and worry. In a white paper produced for Seagate, the data storage specialist, experts from the IDC market survey bureau have taken stock of the world in 2025.

They speak simply of a new era and the “Data Age”, based on the data supplied and used by driverless vehicles, humanoid robots, intelligent personal assistants and intelligent connected objects installed in dwellings. “The world is changing fundamentally around us, transforming our way of living, working and playing”.”

“…we’ll need to rely on a huge amount of data, which will become “critical” or vital for the people concerned. This mass of data, representing digital experience in the broad sense for the consumer, manufacturer and distributor, will form part of the “global datasphere”. This is a recent concept, born less than ten years after the beginning of the transition between the analogue and digital worlds, in which data has become the life force energy of the economic system. And as you would expect, this data has to be stored, kept secure and used thanks to self-learning algorithms.”

“In the commercial real estate sector, values are flagging and there is talk of an “Amazon effect” when chains of stores are forced to close and mass redundancies are put in train. So, how do we survive in this hellish environment? By innovating, just as mankind did when steam engines replaced the muscle power of workers, and by investing in education to create brains capable of meeting the demand of companies for new skills.”

“The website supplies its visitors with information about the professions of tomorrow by poaching data from the Web (there, that’s already one new profession). Here are some of the unexpected jobs that may crop up tomorrow: personal digital trustee, alternative currency speculator, digital detox therapist, digital life archivist, urban farmer, cultural capacity guide. Any other ideas?”

“The range of possible interactions between the connected environment and the productive or consuming individual will be amplified by the contacts offered by digital assistants or initiated by the users of connected devices. IDC believes that the number of interactions per user will increase by a factor of 20 by 2025, making 7785 per day.

“According to the American futurist, Thomas Frey, between now and 2030 some two billion jobs will have disappeared. That’s one job out of every two! This apocalyptic prediction was the only headline to come out of the conference where it was presented in 2012. Frey followed this by talking about the quest for ways of creating new types of job. According to him, 60% of tomorrow’s professions don’t even exist yet.

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