The first industrial revolution occurred from the 18th century, with the invention of steam engines. About 300 years later, we entered a new era of revolution, marked by technologies that, just as in the first, impact our daily lives, quality of life and bring us ethical questions.
The top five ranked in the world’s most valuable companies are from the technology industry and the market value of each of them exceeds the $ 500 billion mark. The first one, Apple, reached the expressive mark of $ 1 trillion.
This is a fact that makes us reflect on the change in the global market.
Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, Machine Learning.
If the technological revolution defined as Industry 3.0 has brought ever more powerful devices with advances in nanotechnology, the new era transforms our data into new oil.
More and more custom applications, software and applications are being created based on our preferences and consumption patterns. Cellular handsets already unlock with iris recognition and fingerprint recognition. And the fingerprint already replaces the password you used in your mobile apps (from the bank to the shopping). And speaking of apps, the geolocation services of your device and the other millions of users help you chart the best route between your work and your home, for example.
Not to mention the advertising campaigns. Have you noticed that you just have to search for a certain product on the internet that from then on you will receive several offers of the same product on different platforms (e-mail, websites and social networks)?
Sectors can be impacted by the development of new technologies. Artificial intelligence allows software to correlate between facts and learn new knowledge. In the US, for example, there is already a program that performs typical functions of a lawyer. This software is able to analyze a large volume of documents in a few seconds and still suggest decisions to be made. Cars that can be driven without the need of a driver being developed and even in journalism robots have already been programmed to produce news through data analysis.
In health care, for example, patient-coupled monitors can provide accurate information that helps the physician prescribe increasingly appropriate remedies and treatments. With the advancement of the Internet of Things, the result of these treatments, shared and connected worldwide, help the medical community find treatments more and more effective.
That these transformations bring countless benefits to everyday life is irrefutable proof. However, this progress must be made in a responsible manner and respecting the privacy protection of the population. Market giants have already been fined for improper access to user data. The debate over technology changes and the interaction between men and robots is just beginning.