I was reading a travelogue of Bhutan – how people now prefer to stay back home to watch their favourite TV programme instead of meeting friends and neighbours in the evening. This is important as this is a population which came in contact of the idiot box almost at the end – in 1999. But then, adapting to new technologies, changing our way of living as it demands, and finally building a cultural behaviour with those new tools in our life have given adequate thrust to our evolution as humans.
Today, Bhutanese have gone past their initial setbacks, and have joined the mainstream in adopting new technologies; so also, people from elsewhere in the world. Like the way of life, our way of working is changing too. Our workplace has undergone major transformations. Old fax machines got replaced by PCs for communications; and now professionals in the office prefer instant communications through hand-held devices.
While we refer to these examples – what tools we use and how to use those – it can easily be accepted that the tools have made major impacts on our lives. The Internet single-handedly made the connect possible at the global scale. And now, it’s about connecting different objects that we use, to the Internet, and not only smartphones – made to communicate anyway.
The work atmosphere is seeing rapid changes with objects that are transacted in logistics growing smarter, and with devices aiding during people facing activities becoming more aware of the situation. Though Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) is buzzword, the possibility of interactions between devices at many levels and creating multi-modal communication hubs in the digital realm to make business activities happen faster, and is mostly driven by the machine itself.
With greater demographic inclination towards younger population, expeditious arrival of disruptive technologies in business and in consumer domains, and the expansive reliance on data to drive our business, the situation has necessarily placed us at crossroad. But then challenges always offer opportunities to devise solutions – but we need to be quick to adopt the new and to adapt it in the right way.