Computers and technology are the future of the world. How many times have you heard people say this? Whether we like it or not, computers are becoming more common within every aspect of society and being ignorant of this drastic change is no longer an option. It is certainly true that automation and the development of robotic technologies are reshaping our current and future job market, and it would be wise for humanity to embrace this change and work with it rather than fight against it. One positive of this, for example, would be that the disappearance of mundane or manual work could free up more time for people to focus on creative jobs and innovation instead. Technology should be embraced on all fronts as it has huge potential to help us solve some of our biggest global problems concerning healthcare and environmental issues. Education is an essential part of the process of solving these issues, and once again we see technology playing a major role in today’s education sector, with computers being used more and more in schools and educational institutions. Technology use is high and on the constant rise – the International Telecommunications Union estimates that in 2019, 86.6% of the developed world used the internet on a regular basis.
Diving deeper into the subject, we find that it is codes and algorithms that allow the running of our most complex computers and technologies. Coding is quickly becoming described as one of the most valuable skills to employers, and perhaps even more so due to the predicted rise of automation and artificial intelligence. Such a skill is finding its uses in a wide variety of sectors now and is not only limited to IT-related specialities. It therefore wouldn’t be a stretch to say people from all professions should be looking to develop their coding skills if they want to improve and maintain their employability. Gone is the age when coding was a skill reserved for the “IT geeks” of the world such as software engineers and computer scientists. Being able to code has secondary benefits too, as it helps develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills – it can be said that being able to solve problems helps you to better identify problems that need to be solved!
So how does the COVID-19 crisis fit into all of this? If anything, it has gone on to further highlight and reinforce the importance of technology in this day and age. People are using technology more than ever now, whether it be for work, entertainment, or just to stay connected to loved ones. What has been interesting to observe is how businesses continue to operate nowadays – after all, the digitalisation of businesses and services has been crucial to their survival during these unusual and unprecedented times. Most businesses are unable to operate as normal and so have required innovative and adaptive thinking in order to come up with new products and services that can be accessed directly from people’s homes. The world is an ever-changing place full of unexpected twists and turns, and it is not only those who can predict these changes but also those who keep up with and adapt to them that will truly be able to succeed.
Technology is now a major part of almost everyone’s lives whether we like it or not, and this trend will almost certainly continue into the future. So then, let us remain positive and embrace this change, in order to create a better society and humanity for everyone.