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by GrIStuF e.V.

Technology

If you can read this, you have access to the internet. There you can, amongst other things:

These websites have been created after the year 2000 (check here). Their existence is based on a series of technological achievements, many of which have only been developed in recent years. With the acceleration of change, market driven processes and collaborative efforts, we can now communicate and interact with other people all over the world (some statistics). Thanks to our ability to adapt quickly to tools that we consider useful, we can do this even without meeting face to face. But while these relatively new technologies provide us with an abundance of possibilities, there are certain risks. Echo chambers, dopamine-driven feedback loops, predictive analytics, metadata analysis and news fatigue are just some of the topics worth being discussed.

Technological advances often lead to higher social and economic volatility, which might lead to increased inequality. While this might be beneficial for the people profiting off this inequality, it leads to stagnation of innovation. Furthermore, we are facing challenges which call for collaboration. Therefore, it is important to determine the necessary skills to tackle these challenges. In my opinion, these are some of the skills we need to learn and foster:

  • Differentiating between cause and effect

  • Media literacy

  • Having productive discussions

  • Getting new perspectives (e.g. getting in touch with other disciplines than your own)

  • Balancing your energy levels (e.g. social media can be like fast food)

  • Never stop learning (e.g. learn about artificial intelligence and game theory)

In an era of high volatility, you can use your skills to gain power. You can share your experiences with others. You can join communities.

What are you going to do next? You have access to the internet. Use it wisely.

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