In 1977, Ken Olsen founder of DEC was quoted saying “there is no reason why anyone would ever want a whole computer”. In 2013, the CEO of Nokia broke down during a press conference saying somehow they failed albeit they did nothing wrong, However, in hindsight, you’d realize what they did wrong was they failed to envisage how technology would create, shape and change the future.
Today, taking a look at any country termed “Developed”, it is crystal clear the mainstream of such development is by and large because of technology. Today Israel is literally driving the world. With a population of just over eight million, she is the world leader in autonomous vehicle production. It was reported about 500 technology companies, 4000 entrepreneurs and 250 research groups sprang up almost instantaneously. Similarly, in Singapore, a nation with no natural resources has become the world’s innovation hub. Technology giants Amazon, Facebook, Baidu, Google, Microsoft, Alibaba alongside several multinational corporations other that constitute 80% of the world’s technological firms have established regional operational base in Singapore. Recently, the World Economic Forum, saddled with the responsibility of improving the state of the world, released “The Jobs Landscape in 2022” and interestingly so, the top 10 emerging roles that will create about 133 million jobs are all technology related. In the same vein, a survey in Nigeria showed that 8 skills in high demand in 2019 are project management, coding, writing, public speaking, Google Analytics, Digital marketing, Excel Knowledge and web development. Hence it is expedient that you strategically position yourself to be and remain relevant in this digital age.
However, it is important to point out that albeit technology has numerous unquestionable benefits, it can be misused as a tool of distraction, depression, disconnection and destruction. By 2025, the younger generation will make up the majority of the workforce, are they even ready and equipped for this? Many are now unplugged from their immediate environment as they stay plugged in to browsers for hours. Misuse of social media have led many to measure self-worth by the amount of followers and likes. But amidst this sad reality, the blame is not on technology but the user. Information, communication, connection and transportation hitherto the emergence of technology posed great challenges. But now, we can connect crowds around the cloud, the ignorant to knowledge, uneducated to college and injustices to those who can stop it. So whether it is building driverless cars, floating houses or even taking a vacation on mars, it is made possible through technology. Hence, never put the blame on an object that is subject to a user.
Finally, whether you assert to it or not, technology is here to stay. So learn from the mistakes, success stories and principles of individuals, companies and nations mentioned here. Garner the necessary skillset and knowledge required today, so you can be relevant tomorrow.
This article was written by Peter Akpejeluh; connect with him on IG here