Should People in all Countries have Equal Access to Technological Developments?

In the past twenty years, the world has seen a rapid advancement of technology globally. Despite the rapid developments of technological equipment and tools, many developing countries around the world do not have equal access to technological developments. 

According to a report compiled by live sciences, some of the countries with the least amount of technological equipment are Somalia (3.1%), Malawi (2.6%), Mozambique (2.5%), Iraq (2.5%), Chad (2.4%), Mali (2.3%), Guinea (2.2%), Burundi (2.0%), Madagascar (1.9%), and more. 

Should People in all Countries have Equal Access to Technological Developments?

According to scientific predictions, almost every workplace will be dominated by technology with smart assistants and artificial intelligence being one of the most critical aspects of every organization. Whereas, the use of virtual reality will be widespread globally by 2050. 

However, the aforementioned countries will not be able to benefit from the rapid technological developments due to a lack of equal access to technological tools, and devices. The least developed countries such as Somalia, Madagascar, and more are excluded from the economic and social benefits of technology. 

Why should everyone have access to technology irrespective of their culture, tradition, race, religion, or ethnicity? The answer is simple, technology is the future. Approximately 1.35 million tech startups exist at present globally and by 2030, the data of smart devices sharing, collecting, and analyzing is expected to hit 50 billion. In the past two years, big data was produced at an intense rate of 90% globally. 

95% of the consumers will purchase their products online by 2040. By 2025, approximately 85 million jobs will be eliminated by technology. Scientists predict that manual labor will be required for only 30% of the jobs and will likely involve individuals working with highly innovative machinery and technological equipment. 

By the end of 2021, the tech industry is expected to reach $5 million and the world’s most influential tech market is present in the USA and a total of 33$ shares are held by it which are equivalent to 1.6 trillion dollars. Whereas, it is believed by 82% of the business executives that their paperwork is significantly reduced with the help of artificial intelligence. The truth is, technology is evolving at an exponential rate is not expected to slow down, but only increase. 

In this ever-evolving world where technology plays a crucial part in the overall economic progress of an economy, it is a necessity for every developed and developing country to have equal access to technological developments that will occur in the next few decades in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and augmented analytics, blockchains and distributed ledgers, cloud computing, edge computing, natural language processing, computer vision, facial recognition, machine co-creativity, augmented designs, autonomous vehicles, strong cybersecurity, quantum computing, materials science and more. 

The more changes occur, the more advanced our ways of living would be. And everyone deserves to live their lives conveniently with access to all the tools to create a better life for themselves, their community members, and their loved ones.