- Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:03 pm
A couple of further thoughts.
Automation is coming in a massive way. From the block-chaining of food provenance to crop picking to grocery delivery to refuse collection, much of daily life will be impacted to a lesser or greater degree. Then there is the remote delivery of services - particularly in healthcare consultation, financial services and education - and none of these can be viably delivered without robust, reliable and fat connectivity. And that's before we even think of straying an inch beyond the city-limits in our autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles.
Much of the internet-of-things (or, more accurately, stuff that will, ten years hence, taken for granted by everyone else) simply cannot happen without this level of infrastructure investment.
As I suggested in my earlier post, this is now about playing catch-up. The Neom Project in Saudi is an example of what is already happening when starting with a bland sheet of paper. Seoul and Singapore show what is being developed within the confines of existing infrastructure.
We can have a conversation about data privacy and governments knowing exactly what food and drink we order, and, for example, the precise density of flu immunisation in any given neighbourhood, but none of this shit is going away.
Labour would do well to press the case for an inevitability in which everyone is able to take part. And the best bit is that the tech companies - those who stand to benefit most - are footing the bill.
Jack believed in the inherent goodness of humanity, and felt a deep social responsibility to protect that. Through us all, Jack marches on.