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The Digital Revolution (DK Essential Managers)

The 4IR offers efficient and effective ways to carry out public health measures to both improve health care outcomes and overcome crises such as COVID-19, Ebola, and other widespread diseases at various levels of cost, scope, and scalability. AI and mobile technology, for example, offer data-collecting tools to aid in contact tracing, symptom checking, outbreak prediction, vulnerability tracking, as well as communication platforms for doctor-patient interaction and public health information campaigns, while blockchain solutions can protect privacy during macro analysis of these crises by anonymizing collected data. Cloud-based platforms make it easier for workers and students to practice social distancing, as do drones and robots that deliver medicine, medical supplies, and meals to health facilities and infected patients. Advanced materials and nanotechnologies are also playing critical roles in rapid diagnostics, therapeutics, surveillance and monitoring, vaccines, and new, more effective forms of personal protective equipment. Quantum computing enables quick calculations, which enhances the functionality of applications that can accelerate drug discovery, optimize hospital and health care system logistics, and speed up vaccine validation. 3D printing allows for the scalable production of crucial medical supplies like testing kits, face masks, safety eyewear, and ventilator components, especially if the digital designs are accessible to the public. Mobile money allows vendors to go cashless, and thermal imaging allows for fast, non-contact fever screening.Related ContentOp-EdAfrica must produce its own vaccinesLandry SignéThursday, September 23, 2021Op-EdThe digital revolution is eating its youngMark Esposito, Landry Signé, and Nicholas DavisTuesday, April 20, 20212021Sep15Past EventAccelerating COVID-19 vaccinations in Africa11:00 AM -12:00 PM EDTOnline only

The Digital Revolution (DK Essential Managers)

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Publishers have always had to be filters. Choosing which books to publish is an integral, indeed defining trait of publishing. This is what separates publishers from a being a medium more widely and lies at the core of my theory of publishing. While it's true that this was always important, in the digital age, and in the age of abundance more widely, this filtering element becomes even more essential. When we have information and content overload, the choices a publisher makes are even more central to their identity. The digital revolution hence means we need to see publishers as selectors, and to understand their place in a wider economy of selection within the world of letters.

What is characteristic is that the rate of change is no longer linear but to a greater extent exponential. At the same time, the scale of change is more extensive than before: the digital revolution and its combination with multiple technologies that seem to entail a paradigm shift in the economy, business, society and the individual sphere. Finally, the changes appear to be systematic, ie. mean the change of entire systems across national borders, types of professions and the national and international community as a whole.

Scarcely a day goes by without reports of revolutionary newtechnologies, many of which promise to transform whole industries,from finance to health care to translation. This technologicaldevelopment is powered by exponential growth in the availability ofBig Data, together with similar growth in the computing power toexploit that data. Many believe that this development is usheringin an era of genuine Artificial Intelligence (AI), withunprecedented improvements in productivity and general livingstandards. In this course we will critically examine this utopianvision, looking at the technology and its potential impact. Technology: AI practitioners themselves are deeplydivided about the question of whether General AI is right on thehorizon, or is in fact a long way off. We will take adetailed look at key AI technologies to better understand thisdebate, and separate the hype and misunderstanding from the truepotential. An understanding of these technologies is rapidlybecoming essential for managers and decision makers in business andgovernment. Impact: the utopian future being ushered in by BigTech and AI seems almost inevitable. At the same time, thereis a dark side to these developments: Big Tech is centralto the abuses of privacy which also seem to be increasingdramatically from both business and government. Also disturbing isthat the undeniable technological progress we are witnessing doesnot seem to be contributing to general well-being -- instead, thereis the paradox of accelerating productivity improvements coincidingwith economic stagnation.

A lot of Danish municipalities have already made great progress in both thought and deed when it comes to introducing smart city solutions. The digital revolution is in full swing, and both municipalities and companies are already seizing the new opportunities for ensuring a better and more intelligent infrastructure, increasing citizen inclusion via digital platforms, and saving energy.

As a result of the digital revolution coming to medicine, new tools are becoming available and are starting to be introduced in clinical practice, including genome sequencing and commercially available medical technologies, such as mobile phone-enabled self-monitoring of physiologic metrics or replacements of traditional laboratory tests. Many of these new digital tools raise questions about their impact on the patient-physician relationship, ethical standards, privacy, and security [1,2]. Yet there is limited widespread knowledge about the perceptions and support by consumers and health care professionals of these technologies. Assessment until now has been limited with respect to both scope and inclusion of views for both health care professionals and consumers. Understanding both patient and provider attitudes is essential if such technology is to be implemented in the future. Accordingly, we conducted a large-scale survey of the perceptions and comfort level towards new technologies by patients and providers by directing the same survey to both groups, adapted for each audience. 041b061a72


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