How technology changes us: Canada in 10 years

The theme of the Ideaca Blogging network for month of August is a very interesting subject. Certainly technology changes the way we do things on a daily basis significantly, not only in Canada but also globally. There could be some specific cases in Canada such as Green technology to combat climate changes. However most of technology changes impact us globally specially in more advanced countries.

The first thing that it comes to my mind is technology will enable us to convert Zettaflood (10 to the 21st bits, or a thousand exabytes) of data to meaningful information which we are very dependent. Like it or not, business intelligence already has an increasingly important part of our life. The challenge will be how to deal with the explosion of data coming from all types of gadgets and smart technologies because value-based intelligent information helps us to get things faster, better and easier. The speed of rising adoption of cloud, mobile, real-time applications and social technologies and exponential data growth is a big challenge of staying current.

How technology solve this challenge? Some of the biggest improvements have been around networking. We will be able to move more data faster from many sources and applications to where is needed. We wont have any restriction in terms of capacity, scalability and processing speed. Organizations will be able to leverage the three “V’s”, volume, variety and velocity of data to augment the value of data for their decision making. Powerful in-memory technology such as SAP HANA enable us to design complex Predicative and Preventative models for all type of data from structured and unstructured like Audio & Video files. Next generation of Data visualization and Intelligent Reporting tools empower users to slice & dice information any way it is demanded. We will be able to tell stories with data by connecting millions of data points to get a bigger picture. Big data will change our world and it will blow our mind by providing us tons of opportunities. It will make our word smaller and we will be all connected.

I believe in the next 10 years, another significant change will be human and machines interaction. It seems that human interaction, communication and relationships will be more efficient, faster and stronger through smart technologies. Also, we will be able to have better understanding of Machines behaviors and Machines have a better understanding of ours. Ideally humans and machines will work alongside each other and hopefully not replacing human with machines. Although there are ongoing development and opportunities to replace human with machines, but it’s required to consider all potentials dangers and associated risks.

Personally I’m very excited to see how technology will enable us to access information easily, increase our potential and creativity, improve our lifestyle and promise of longevity and improve communication and social networking. On the other hand I believe we need to keep things in balance with respect to human identity and our social behavior. For example, neuroscientists are concerned how modern technology is making us not to use our brains to their full potentials. Based on the evidence the loneliness and depression is increasing and people are less happy in modern society. It’s been observed that newer generation equipped with all kind of smart technology are less effective in terms of communication skills and human interaction.

The bottom line is we use technology to change the world to suit us better. The importance is to control it so it doesn’t destroy human intelligence and social interaction. For instance, it will be great to get a relaxing massage after a long day by our smart robot which already took care of house chores. However nothing will replace a nice face to face talking with our favorite person or give a warm friendly hug to someone. I don’t think we could replace our human connection with human-robot connection.


About Niaz Tadayyon

Niaz is an Analytics Solution Architect,M.Eng., CBIP at Cadeon Associates based in Calgary Leads consulting engagements to deliver high-value predictive analytical solutions. She has over 15 years of international experience in Advanced Analytics, Enterprise Architecture and Business Intelligence. She has been contributed to the success of large and complex applications, data integrations, Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics solutions. View all posts by Niaz Tadayyon

3 responses to “How technology changes us: Canada in 10 years

  • Koorosh

    Great read Niaz, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Studies suggest that the data created over past decade is more than the data created over human history. We may be a bit early in the process of interpreting the data into meaningful information. I am not very optimistic though that we could get much out of the explosion of the data. We are yet to assess if some of the technologies such as online social networking has helped human or made him even more alone and depressed.

    I am wondering which of the recent technologies have been helped us to improve our collective conscienceless to overcome some of the strategic challenges such as energy. global warming, hunger and so on.

  • Niaz Tadayyon

    Koorosh, Thanks for your input and insightful comment. In terms of extracting the data we need from massive of data and convert of meaningful info, we’re in pretty good position now and this is why I have so much interest & passion for Business intelligence and relevant technologies which makes it possible. There are many cases these days that we extract all kind of data from legacy systems, social media, voice messages, emails, documents, videso, etc. and put them in a storage with a suitable model (Well design model is a key factor). With powerful applications these days and good modeling plus ability to run algorithms, we convert them to meaningful info based on requirements.

    Currently, there are some developments around Energy management. One of the recent activity that I’ve been following is how Japanese are trying to manage power shortfall and energy management crisis after Fukushima nuclear disaster

    For Global warning and protecting environment, there are many good opportunities especially in Canada which is one of the area interests me. For example, we have ability to notify companies real-time when there is any leakage from pipes. It’s doable and it will avoid big disaster. Certainly, associated cost is a big factor why we don’t see many active monitoring systems for these types of industries. Also, we need to increase the level of awareness of these types of capabilities to industries.

  • Joel Ouriou

    Great article, but let’s not get carried away with too many machines in our life. A massage by a real person will always beat those given by a robot?

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