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Computer Illiteracy | Effects of Digital Divide on Daily Life

Have we reach the point where email is required?  Yes, if email is required to apply for a job.  With no email access at home or on a phone – searching job listing is difficult.  People often turn to their public library for access to these basic services.

Cites like Detroit, Michigan and Fresno, California boast of universities and industry – yet in these cities large percentages of their populations have very limited computer access and literacy.  Both the New York times article by Cecilia Kang “Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide” and the Daily Dot article by Rebecca HuvalDisconnected in Silicon Valley’s shadow ” discuss the challenges of the digital divide on daily life.

Only 69 percent of the Fresno metro population uses the internet.

“I was in pain visiting Detroit, seeing how so many pockets aren’t part of the opportunity of broadband and are falling behind,” said Mignon L. Clyburn, an F.C.C. commissioner who visited the city last October

 

By 2025 50% US Jobs Replaced By Robots | Robots, Swarms and The Blockchain

Swarms of jellyfish also prey on copepods
Swarms of jellyfish also prey on copepods (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CNN reports that 50% of the jobs in the US could be replaced by robots and software by 2025.  Two years ago Gartner forecast that one-third of jobs will be replaced by automated systems. Although these predictions are drastic they are not surprising.  Hardware and software costs continue to drop significantly, while advances in computing grow.

The blockchain, the secure decentralized public-ledger technology, has proven that distributed public ledgers can be trusted.  Eduardo Castelló Ferrer makes a compelling proposal that public ledgers could be used to share information across distributes groups of automated systems.  These groups of automated systems would both contribute and consume information, enable massive collective decision-making, mimicking swarm behavior.  Robotic swarms could be very powerful.

“The combination of blockchain with other distributed systems, such as robotic swarm systems, can provide the necessary capabilities to make robotic swarm operations more secure, autonomous, flexible and even profitable.”

Autonomous Decision Making

These swarms could use this technology to organize, come to agreement and make decisions without a central authority.

 

For more information read: The blockchain: a new framework for robotic swarm systems Eduardo Castelló Ferrer