At the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019 which took place at the CTICC on 16 to 18 September, Andreas Ekström, Author, Journalist, Digital Futurist delivered a keynote where he touched on the seven ways to own the world to try and understand the digital revolution as it happens.
Ekström tapped into the future of finance, the future of digital identity, and the democracy factor hidden in the technology we build.
“This is a simple way to frame the key issues that I think will be dominating the digital debate in the decade that is about to start. Some are larger, some are smaller,” said Ekström.
“I am in this because of the sociology of tech, because of the culture of tech. I want to discover what happens with society, with life, with us as citizens not only at work but at home in every aspect of what it is like to be a human being right now,” he continued.
Ekström said the first way to own the world is to own our identity, “this is a massive technological and political issue,” he stated.
According to Ekström, about 3 billion people are still not able to access the internet and experts say in the next 10 to 15 years, 95 per cent and more will have access to connectivity in the world. “This means 3 billion potential customers for the biggest and best-equipped tech companies but it also means huge challenges for governments to make an efficient operation of what is public,” he said.
Here are 7 ways to own the world according to Ekström:
1. To own our identity
2. To own our time.
3. the third way to own the world in the next five years is to make money on money.
4. The fourth is to decide what we get to see, this is going to be a great way to view the world says Ekström.
5. To be the link between people.
6. In sixth place is to be the place where we talk.
7. and number seven is to screw net neutrality over.