In a word, no. Technology alone cannot save us from the decisions we make collectively. However, if we choose to embrace Democracy, technology can be a great tool in updating this form of government to fit the 21st century. Check out this video above...
You should also be aware that there is a significant push back against Democracy in the US based around racial identify politics. Read these three stories.
Political "Centrists" in the US are most hostile to Democracy, not extremists.
White Americans would give up Democracy if it means preserving the current caste system
Racial resentment is behind the dismantling of basic social services
The US seems to be holding onto the idea of Democracy by a thread, but perhaps new technological developments can update Democracy to fit the new world.
Creativity--- our hedge against being replaced by the machines. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Let's be honest. The new wave of AI machines of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are faster, quicker, more powerful and more efficient than we can ever be. Why are we training our kids to compete with them? If you listen to many parents, there is a false belief that if young people would just take more STEM classes and do more coding, their futures would be guaranteed. Nothing could be further from the truth. The future isn't being led by tech kids. It's being formed by the creative class.
More and more forward-thinking companies and organizations are seeking creatives that understand the basics of the technology, but have the ability to create by juxtaposing disparate ideas together to develop new applications. Life experiences, visionary approaches, fresh thinking, artistic talent, empathetic ideas, musical knowledge and courageous actions are the new tools in a world that needs a new kind of thought leadership. Machines can now do the labor intensive work. Humans still have the power of creative thought and must use this ace in the hole to not only give value to the human experience, but to help us redefine humanity that works for everyone. We can do better than what we're doing now. We simply haven't leveraged the full weight of our creative powers yet. Many of us are still looking to fit in like a cog in a machine. This is justified since we've been trained up in that tradition. We must now transition from the age of the job into the age of opportunity.
The age of opportunity means that we use our creative skills to find the new jobs, create jobs for ourselves, start businesses, form partnerships, create co-ops, seek global possibilities and transform the world. Even more, we must now look at the tools (AI, technology) as extensions of our greatest dreams and aspirations. All of that starts with developing creativity in ourselves and our children. Tech people will tell you --- it's the creatives who will win in the future.
Creativity can keep the machines from becoming our overlords....https://qz.com/1260943/the-ceo-of-ideo-explains-how-your-creative-capacity-is-the-key-to-surviving-a...
Creativity and innovation can save the planet....http://www.imaginenation.com.au/innovation-blog/8-reasons-innovation-important-businesses-today/
Creativity can close the skills gap between what young people graduate with and what companies need....http://blogs.adobe.com/education/2016/07/27/closing-the-skills-gap-why-creativity-is-essential-to-st...
It's a great time for communities of color to shine and empower our nations with their creative skills...https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-diversity-makes-us-smarter/
Yes, it is good to have STEM and coding skills, but make no mistake, machines are already doing their own coding and writing their own programming. We must now leverage what it truly means to be creative to help guide all of us into a brave new world.
I talked about this a few months ago, but thought it important to rehash a few thoughts. You'd think that record low unemployment would lead to prosperity and higher wages and good times for all. However, there are too many other reports that tell a very different story.
Almost 55 million Americans live in economically distressed environments. And that doesn't count the people working two or three jobs hanging on to middle and working class housing...http://eig.org/dci.
The unemployment rate is much more nuanced that what they tell you in mass media. It's troubling....http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/368559-low-unemployment-rate-doesnt-tell-the-whole-story
The unemployment rate is no longer a clear indicator of a nation's economic health....https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/21/the-unemployment-rate-is-an-inadequate-reporter-of-u-s-econo...
Most people's jobs are only paying slightly more than they did in 1980....https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/04/april-jobs-numbers-2018-568596
There is a dramatic re-distribution of wealth still happening in our society, and is speeding up....https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/04/april-jobs-numbers-2018-568596
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but a bigger picture of things indicate the US is trending toward an unfortunate economic crisis in the near future, despite the snapshot provided by the mainstream news today. My prediction is that underemployment and cheap job creation is the prelude to technical/automation unemployment.
This is also good news in that more people are looking for alternative forms of economic empowerment for communities. This data only intensifies that search.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org