Impact of Technology Today

Technology is moving too fast for government to set policy, creating grave challenges.

In spending a good deal of my career helping deliver several generations of technology as Moore’s Law expanded global electronics beyond anyone’s imagination, I had a front row seat to many of the impacts of this. This technology has driven the personal computer, supercomputers, smartphones, the cloud and now AI. The rate of change is something that many talk about. The challenge we have as a society is how we digest the implications for technology in society. This graph reflects that challenge our government has in developing policies that can help manage the impact and provide guidance to policy in our society. Today this is very much a national security issue that is in front of us every day. The government looks at election hacking as the key focal point and it is not. This is not just around the integrity of our vote but has a daily impact on us that we are not seeing as visibly as we do when people’s lives are lost in war. We should not be fooled to believe the consequence is not as significant. We need to provide our voice beyond our vote.

Today we are having our electric grid tested by foreign advisaries. Our advisaries are stealing our intellectual property, which is the foundation of our economy. Our personal data is at risk on a daily basis. What is our governments strategy and what are they doing to protect us? At this point they are not communicating a plan to establish policies around this, whether voting, commerce, data and more. When new technology comes along most are not up to speed on what to do about it and put up road blocks as they are worried about the pain of the change required to address it. This is how many markets have been turned upside down by technology. We cannot afford for our government to get turned upside down beyond what is already happening. This should be the call to action to bring us together to solve these problems. Not by party but by our national interest. Technology has been growing at more of an exponential rate and we need to adapt as it won’t wait for us. We hope to nudge that forward. One might ask why on a company blog post? We need to be transparent as to how we view our environment get get better context. Please comment.

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