Computers will Advise and Dictate Our Every Step, said Gerd Leonhard, World-class Futurologist at ITAPA
Autumn congress ITAPA presented world-class celebrities and discussed interesting and burning topics of today. Progress in technologies brings many benefits that ease our life. Whole industries are changing. In music industry, nowadays it is no longer music that is being sold but access to music. Similarly, in automotive we will soon stop selling cars and will start to sell mobility. It is possible that our children’s children will not know how to drive. Dependency on information is increasing, „we are still more following what computer tells us and what advice it gives,“ said exclusively at renowned congress ITAPA 2017: Technology & HumanITy one of world‘s top speakers and futurologist, Gerd Leonhard.
It is true that modern tech giants demolish the old world and build a new one – online world. It is not bad, but we need to be careful. Europe is at present becoming the “third world” continent when it comes to digital development. “Among top global technology leaders there is not even one from Europe and time is not on side of EU,” said at autumn ITAPA Jovan Kurbalija, former diplomat, founding director of DiploFoundation and a man educating countries and diplomats on how modern technologies influence international relations and geopolitics. In his opinion data are becoming as demanded as oil once was. And even though oil prices still influence us today, data are more relevant. Kurbalija uses an analogy – if we don’t have enough money for fuel, we will cease to use the car. „But in data and their use there is different situation. They are part of our private and work life. For us it is a fundamental question how they will be used and protected.“
A special speaker at autumn ITAPA was also a co-founder of world-wide network of internet-of-things Sigfox, Frenchman Christophe Fourtet. He announced start of first nation-wide network of internet-of-things in Slovakia, exclusively at ITAPA Congress. Technology behind the network enables for example exact computer analysis, for it has number of data collected from many detectors. “We can use information also to forecast how forest fires are spreading or for long-distance monitoring of growth of agricultural plants,” said Christophe Fourtet at the congress. He states that advanced data analytics provide new development opportunities to municipalities or factories.