Digital x human: impacts of technology on society and education

More than five billion people currently own at least one smartphone. With a small size, simple and intuitive interface, the device is used by children, teenagers and adults for a wide range of purposes: from shopping to entertainment, from communication to leisure. Did you know that a smartphone processing capacity nowadays is significantly greater than what it took to bring Apollo 11 to the moon?

According to Moore’s Law, every year, the information processing capacity of computers doubles, with increasingly lower prices. If this ratio is maintained, it is predicted that in 2023 a computer worth $ 1,000 will reach the capacity of a human brain, and by 2050 a single computer of the same value will have the computing capacity equal to that of all human brains in the planet. “What are the consequences of that computing power distributed in the hands of all of us? How does this change the way we think about the future and education? “, asks Francisco Araújo, anthropologist and business manager at Echos.

Among the consequences of these changes, the increase in life expectancy around the world, led by advances in medicine and science, or the fall in maternal and infant mortality constitute unquestionable progress for humanity. However one of the main challenges is to keep the focus of innovations on the human being and the user so that technology does not lead to exclusion. “There is no other way of thinking about innovation without placing the human being at the center of the process. The challenge is to think about how we make innovation for someone, why and how we innovate”, says Francisco.

The anthropologist comments on the impacts of technology on our mentality and the way of organization and, especially, how they influence educational models. Check out the following interview:

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