We are currently living in what can be called the Hybrid Age. This is a time where we co-exist with technology and machines, whether they’re in the form of artificial intelligence or tiny machines embedded in our smart homes. To navigate this new tech-infused environment, we need to understand what’s happening so that we can harness it to enhance our family life and careers, and to demand our rights if needed. We are all techies because we all live with technology. And it’s easy to start getting comfortable with it, by setting Google alerts for any Web3-related topics that interest you, like the metaverse, blockchain or NFTs.
New technologies open up so much potential
Never before could so many people participate in the digital economy. Web3 offers so much economic potential—it really doesn’t matter what you do as everyone will have a role along with the opportunity to make money.
For example, an artist could make an artwork or song and sell it as an NFT. As a digital asset, NFTs involve copyright law, which requires a lawyer. The digital asset has to be kept somewhere, so you need an engineer to create a digital wallet. Other people now have the opportunity to rent the NFT—for their virtual Gucci store, for instance, or to licence it as metaverse icons. People always think of Web3 in terms of Bitcoin and NFTs, but it’s more than that: it’s a rich ecosystem of economic opportunity for everyone.
And then there’s artificial intelligence, which should work to free up humans so that they can focus on higher-value objectives, like innovation. AI does this by automating processes so that people are not always answering the same question over and over again at a call centre, for example, or constantly scrambling to guess what their supply chain inventory should be.
In busy hospital settings, AI can help predict when a patient is going to have a heart attack, so doctors can intervene sooner rather than later. It can sift through a patient’s entire history of medical appointments, doctor’s notes, radiology scans, blood tests, even Fitbit data to help doctors proactively create better clinical outcomes for patients. Having AI reduces costs and human error, while making customers happy because issues are resolved or products are delivered more quickly.