1. Do you believe that technology has indeed flattened the world in terms of providing economic opportunity?
I do believe that technology has flattened the world in terms of providing economic opportunity because it has aided in the emergence of globalization, improved global communication, and provided easier ways for companies and people to develop and conduct business at a lower cost. Before the use of technology, a farmer would spend hours on end tilling the soil, planting seeds, and reaping the crops by hand, however, once machines that are able to perform those functions more efficiently were invented, it reduced the amount of hard labor that the farmer had to do and it significantly reduced the need for more family members (Little et al., 2014). Technology has also led to an increase in offshoring – when a business, manufacturing facility, or service is relocated overseas – which results in job and income loss (The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman: Summary & Quotes, 2020)
2. Do you believe digital media have changed social interaction and human connections?
In my opinion, digital media has changed social interaction and human connections because people are no longer restricted in their ability to communicate with one another from different parts of the world or share information within minutes. For example, I no longer have to buy phone cards to stay in contact with my family in Jamaica and the UK, WhatsApp has allowed me to talk, text, and video chat with them at my leisure. Gone are the days when people wait to share big news or loss to a select number of family and friends in person, instead people use social media to share news of a job promotion, death of a family member, or even what they are having for dinner. People have become so addicted to digital media, that you’ll see them using their cellphones in church, while at the dinner table, and even while driving. Facetime or zoom video calls also offer an alternative to meeting in person.
3. How do you think the economy in your country will change as it moves closer to a technology-driven service economy?
With an increasing number of schools offering coding and artificial intelligence (AI) as part of their curriculum in the U.S. I believe this will help our economy as technology will offer an increase in employment in the job market. As organizations use more technology and fewer employees, they will need people who are innovators and inventors to keep their businesses operating smoothly. More manufacturing jobs are becoming computerized, and more lives are being saved as a result of the advancement of medical technology. According to the Go Guardian Team (2020), “AI will replace 40 percent of jobs in the future. Rather than being fully replaced, these students will be the problem-solvers and designers. Or they’ll create their own AI.”
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