How to help build the next generation of leaders in the world of technology
By Eric LichtblauA new report by Aiesec indicates that the world is moving toward a “race to the bottom” in technology.
In the next 20 years, we will be witnessing a “digital revolution” that is “more profound than the birth of the internet.”
The world’s largest companies, including Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Twitter, have spent billions to build technology that enables people to work more efficiently, share more information, and access more of their data.
But the “race is on,” according to the report.
In an interview with Recode, Aiesech CEO Kevin Systrom told us that he believes this is “a race to the top.”
He cited two factors: The rise of digital platforms like Uber and Airbnb, which allow consumers to find “more efficient ways to travel” and to “connect more people to the internet” while keeping prices low.
The rise in artificial intelligence and artificial intelligence-enabled machine learning, which allows us to build artificial intelligence systems that are “more accurate and less susceptible to errors,” and the rise of the next “generation of leaders” in the field of technology.
“We’re at the crossroads of two different worlds,” Systrom said.
“The first is the race to be the most efficient, but the second is the transition from a world of consumerism to a world where we have to find ways to make people more productive.”
Systrom’s vision of the race between the digital world and the old world is “an incredible thing.”
It’s a world dominated by “the next generation” of leaders.
In a new study, AIESEC identifies two key trends: the “rise of the digital era” and the “explosion of the old.”
The rise, Systrom pointed out, is “part of a larger trend” to make companies more efficient, and “partly to help the old economy recover from the financial crisis of 2008-09, but it is also part of a new era where the old and the new economy will be increasingly interdependent.”
Systrom said that the new era will be “where we will have a lot of people with a lot more power, where we will see a lot less of competition, where it will be harder for people to create a new product, or innovate a new way of doing things.”
We’ll see a “lot of people have a new set of skills, where they’re able to create new things,” Syston said.
But Systrom acknowledged that “the old economy” will still be the main player in the new world of the economy, and it’s the old “economy” that has a problem: The people who are the “next generation” are not making the best decisions for their people.
We’re in a “world of the new,” where we “have a bunch of people who want to be in charge of the whole world and they’re not,” Systrott said.
And that’s the challenge for the next wave of leaders: To be more effective, to find new ways to work together, to build new solutions, and to create “a new kind of economy” that makes everyone feel like part of something bigger.
The race to reach the next digital leader is underway.