What the digitization of the future brings

Digitization is an indispensable part of life nowadays, just about everyone knows how to deal with it, understands what is meant and makes it part of everyday life. Some of them are effective in helping us to shape our youth into their hands. But is it really a sign of progress if we give our lives the responsibility of machines or technologies? How much responsibility does digitization need in order to advance this good conscience?

Working together for a responsible future

Digital is the future, whether it is about our daily errands or about professional life. And Austria, more precisely Styria, is a pioneer in terms of innovation and progress. However, the fact is that with this progress there is also more responsibility in the room. After all, digital development, the revolution that is being talked about, is changing our lives. And not only that, the economic structure is also inexorably making its way. It is important to stay tuned, not to leave technical progress to yourself. Be it when it comes to autonomous driving on the road, or intelligent street lamps, which individually transmit data and information to the drivers.

Companies and universities are now required to tackle the necessary projects responsibly and cooperatively. This is exactly what works wonderfully in Styria when it comes to the common processes between universities and research institutions. The Austrians earned the title Research Country Number 1. And the rest of the world must constantly work on new projects and initiatives so as not to lose touch.

Digitization creates jobs

Anyone who has argued that further development is responsible for the loss of many jobs is wrong. On the contrary – digitization creates new jobs, even if it involves almost all areas of life and all industries. Robots may replace grips or make things easier, but behind them are many new professions, new opportunities, and jobs that are constantly evolving. Humanity does not need to be afraid of that, because current figures show that people with a high level of technical progress are countries with lower unemployment rates.

Digitalisation processes are not rising, they are exploding

We are still far from aware of the imminent progress and are far from being able to cope. Especially in companies where 30 years ago nobody was aware of the possibilities of the internet, of advertising and of new marketing. Algorithms and visualizations open up completely new ways to control systems, make them more environmentally friendly and disseminate data.

New technologies are developing new possibilities

Digitalization is more present than ever, but how prepared are we for the future to use chatbots instead of real phone voices, self-propelled vehicles without driving noise from the burning of petrol and household appliances that iron by themselves, prepare dishes or clean the apartment? Hard to imagine that in the future robots want to tell us how we should invest our money and which insurance fits best to our lives. But was not it hard to imagine that once everyone with a touchpad dials the number of the best friend? Or the single “SMS” would not cost 19 cents more and instead, unlimited chat via Whats app is possible? And was not it in the 70’s that innovation was to own one of the hottest microwaves that warmed up food in minutes / seconds?

Dangers of digitization – Cybercrime and Co.

Of course there is no change without risks and Austria is also confronted with cybercrime. Encrypted Trojans paralyze entire IT systems, access to data is blocked and irretrievably visible to everyone at the other end of the world. The clutches of email addresses to direct the secretary to transfer a large sum of money to the account X – the problems are present and must be solved as well. The topics of Internet protection and law and the privacy of individuals and businesses need to be developed in parallel. After all, the Internet is available to all, including fraudsters and criminals, terrorists and people with mental health problems. A fact that commands caution.

The 21st century as an age of networking

Our children learn the handling of digitization playfully, we have the responsibility to do it right. The possibilities with which this generation grows are almost unlimited. Apprenticeships and study programs will change, adapt and create new professions, everyone will have the opportunity to network with everything, to discover and try new things, to found start-ups. And let’s not forget the medicine, which still has all the ways and doors open – cancer is not curable – yet!

Learning has never been more extensive, more open and more versatile. Innovation is an opportunity, digitization is our future, full of opportunities we are looking forward to. As an online marketing agency, Rittler und Co. has specialized in the adaptive traffic system that you have developed to make companies in the digital world more successful.

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