Building A Better World With Technology

Digital technologies continue to evolve faster than ever. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and unprecedented internet speeds will transform our world beyond recognition in the coming decades. But how can technology help us on our way to a better world? Here our future technologists share their thoughts. Companies empowering kids to learn new skillsets with emerging technology.

Self-driving vehicles, intelligent virtual assistants, and industrial robots are no longer fabrications of sci-fi movie plots. They’ve officially left the movie theatres and hit our roads, into our living rooms, and started packing our food deliveries.

Technological advances and innovations have improved our world in many ways, but how can we go one step further and start using these technologies to address some of the global challenges we face today? At Ericsson ONE, we believe that we can find the right answers by asking the right questions. There are many local roofing companies that are helping across the countries.

How can we transport goods and people more efficiently? 

Joakim Formo, Strategic Design Director at Ericsson ONE, believes that new technology will make it possible to improve the way we transport goods and people.

Creating more efficient, cleaner, and safer transportation solutions is a key priority for cities as well as businesses and industries, said Joakim, raising the following considerations:

  • Major cities will soon find it possible to ban large trucks or even cars and allow only small zero-emission transport vehicles that are not allowed to drive empty-loaded.
  • How can it become rational for someone like Amazon to vigorously optimize their supply chain for a minimal carbon footprint and good health, as they do today for speed of delivery?

From a technology perspective, the basic requirements to enable such new strategies are already there: 5G, coupled with machine learning, unlocks scenarios like this one.

“New technology such as 5G and information communication technology (ICT) is ready to be used to address pressing environmental and societal challenges,” added Joakim.

“The technology is available. The hardest part is developing new ideas and changing how we do things.” 

What if mobility systems were designed with equal rights in mind?

Anna Viggedal, Design Lead at Ericsson ONE, asks: “What if mobility systems are designed for equal rights for all and have a small carbon footprint?”

Mobility is essentially about giving people access to something, whether this access is granted virtually or by physically moving something.

“In an urban context, this raises questions about digital public space. Do they exist today? And how can we design them so that they are equally safe and accessible for everyone, instead of widening the gap? “says Anna.

A range of technologies can make this possible. Data and connectivity are central to this idea, not only cellular technologies like 5G but also social technologies. Remote access and mixed reality technologies are the most obvious, and Anna thinks mixed reality technology will become more mainstream and affordable in the coming years. 

Anna has a background in industrial design and strategic product design. She wants to …

Empowering Kids To Learn Skillsets With Emerging Technology

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Technology, the blessing, and the curse has often been criticized for corrupting and counterfeiting the current generation. You often hear terms like “children have become zombies with cell phones and tablets.”

While this may be true to some extent, we have become very short-sighted, and our definition of technology is often largely limited to social media, games, and the use of mobile phones and laptops. Every coin always has two sides. Like it or not, technology is here to stay, and it cannot be wished away. In fact, it is moving at a much faster rate than we can keep up with.

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we are robbing our children of tomorrow.”

Given our current situation, what can we do best in such times?

Here are some real-life examples of how technology is being used. Some of these could be very important skills for our kids in the future.

Being in touch, bridging geographical distances: is undeniably a blessing of technology. From the days of one landline and trunk calls, today, we can connect to all our family members with one tap. With digital growth, we have also become part of a reality where, for various reasons, we are no longer as close (geographically) as we used to be with our immediate family and extended relatives. Technology (video calls, phone calls) can be a boon to rekindle that feeling. With just a few safe basic apps and a limited number of contacts, the child can interact with their cousins, uncles, aunts, and, most importantly, grandparents.

Training the mind:

Yes, you read that right. Word games, puzzles, logic-based games, and reasoning-based games are also available online. One doesn’t have to associate “gaming” with just PUBG and Candy Crush. There are a lot of content providers and game makers who make good, fun, clean games that help people exercise their minds and improve their skills.

Expressing Creativity:

While the right hemisphere is taken care of, quite a few tools also help express the creative left hemisphere. Apps or devices that allow the child to draw, paint, make movies, take notes with voices, and practice these options help the child relax and focus on other tasks.

Using apps for science and research:

Many schools now send their “homework” through apps. Assignments, exam prep, study tips, and even work submissions are available through apps. At such times, one cannot shy away from technology, and certainly, a basic understanding of how to use devices and how not to misuse them goes a long way toward helping children cope with such academic needs.

Learning new skills, being future-proof

We, as parents, do everything we can to choose the right school for our children. But there are always many avenues beyond traditional education in the school building. There are many courses that children can learn online that the child may be interested in or are not an integral part of the school curriculum and may prove useful in the future. Information about …