Digital Age & Human Society

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The digital age began at the time that digital technologies were introduced into society. The defining feature of a digital age is how people organize their lives, communicate, learn, and social functions to some extent through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), analytical programs, the Internet, social media, and digital devices. The digital age is changing our lives dramatically. New technologies transform the way people interact with each other and the way reality is presented and perceived. The digital age provides extraordinary opportunities for people who have the right expertise, skills, and mindsets because they will transform their organizations and disrupt industries using new business models enabled by a wave of digital technologies. These human and technology skills are essential to staying employable for life.  The role of new technologies is not limited to the social and economic sector, but in all fields of life. Even in education sectors, teachers exist within this context where digital technologies are being introduced, integrated, and infused into schools. As such, teaching methods within the digital age are changing, the curriculum is evolving, learning of new technologies becomes the need of time. The world of education must ensure that students receive a core education in digital technologies, programming, designing information systems and big data, etc.

In this technologically advanced era, people must concentrate on developing human and technical skills that set them apart, rather than focusing on capacities that are being absorbed by machines. We are now on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution which is also referred to as the Digital Age, fueled by technological advancements. In the wake of the Internet, the mobile Internet, big data, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotization have dignified impacts on organizations. We are now entering a period of disruption that will change the way we work. Currently, at the beginning of this revolutionary era 71% of work is performed by the people are rest is done by machines. But according to the report of the World Economic Forum, the technology is going to handle 52% of work tasks by the end of 2025. Undoubtedly, this digital transformation will create unemployment, many jobs will be lost. Therefore, organizations and people need to focus on preparing for the jobs of the future. On the other hand, work efficacy and global productivity will increase. By using modern technologies, companies have become vastly more productive while reducing the number of hours worked. As far as the global economy continues to grow, more and more people will enter into the middle class if not digitally transformed, because success in the past is not a guarantee for future security. Moving towards businesses, which is going to enjoy a long lifespan by adopting modern technological means. It is a fact of the modern age that innovation, creativity, and leading change are the foundation of survival for any business. Employees must ask themselves how they could do their jobs more efficiently and effectively and what changes could help the company leap the competition. Major corporations all over the world are starting to understand that soft skills are the cornerstone of human resource management. The era of digital transformation is an opportunity for all. No doubt, humans are superior to machines in all sorts of social skills, emotional intelligence, creativity, ideation, persuasion, leading others, and the art of negotiation, to mention just a few. Therefore, it is a need to combine the knowledge of digital technologies with human skills for the sake of human security and survival. This is high time that human society must focus on opportunities and the right skill to get benefits from the technologies. The authors of “The Second Machine Age”, argue that there are more opportunities available today for those who possess the right skills than at any time in the past 40 years, thanks to the characteristics of the new economy. But for those who lack the necessary skills, the next 10-15 years will be perilous, since they will face the constant threat of machines stealing their job. Great minds understand that education and learning are essential if you wanted to be successful in the future. In the words of Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner, “Get learning, or stay analog.” That’s not a threat; it’s a call to action meant to empower people. All transformations need to inspire people and promote a new way of working. Success in digital transformation comes down to people having the right capabilities and a lifelong-learner mindset. We believe digitalization is a social process as inevitable as civilization as Freud said, and the question of how to live with it is more interesting than that of how to live without it. We must pay attention to its discontents, but must be ready for a useful intellectual strategy to this end. For us, education is a key process to deal with the problems and even the risks associated with digitalization and to bring about a radical change in its ideological connotation.

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