What If The World’s Not Falling Apart? Designer and Technologist John Maeda Makes an Optimistic Case for the Future
When it comes to loss of life, the coronavirus is no doubt a human tragedy of epic proportions. But when it comes to the future of our economy? It’s not necessarily all doom and gloom. In his latest LinkedIn article, Public Sapient’s John Maeda explains why this crisis is different from those we have previously experienced.
“Experts make provocative claims by comparing what happened in the past with what is to come for our future,” writes John Maeda, referencing the horde of opinion pieces and articles prosetalyzing the collapse of our economy. There’s just one problem with this method: we can’t compare this crisis to any other financial crisis we’ve experienced in the past. Why? Because, as Maeda argues, “we’re now inter-connected computationally.”
This shift will have dramatic effects for the state of the Internet, artificial intelligence, and business in general. “The sudden migration from smartphones back to desktops [and] laptops is amassing large amounts of data for the tech companies to take an even greater advantage,” Maeda notes. “People of all ages and walks of life have been forced to shift to an all-digital lifestyle. Forced evolution is now happening.” For AI, having access to more data is especially crucial to its evolution—helping it become smarter, as well as more inclusive.
We can’t rely on experts basing their opinions on how things used to be, because these are unprecedented times, and digital natives differ intrinsically from digital immigrants. If we listen to their voices, we’ll be less likely to fall victim to doom and gloom, and more likely to see the potential for business in a post-COVID world.
Read his full article here.
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