What is traditional technology

Traditional companies adapt new technologies and dispose of emancipatory demands

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The possibility of building skills away from traditional learning paths has only changed little in this respect: Up to now, digital learning has mostly not been viewed as a strategy to gain power and influence over new technologies and to develop them oneself, but rather as a possibility to adapt to the new circumstances, what the controversy about the term Edupunk represents well: If the individual (the Edupunk uses freely available, digitally accessible knowledge to create values ​​and projects together with others), or is this just a strategy to react to increasingly erratic career paths?

New technologies such as blockchain, which were initially developed to evade the influence of the state and national banks, are now being adopted again by traditional companies (banks, insurance companies), adapted and disposed of by emancipatory claims.

Politicians are still strangely staying out of this discussion. At the EU level alone, one begins to recognize the need for binding rules, for example for the construction of robots, but this does not yet have to lead to a kind of participation or participation in their development. The creation of a sector of its own, however, as suggested by Norbert Wiener, which would develop platforms and robots on the basis of ethical and employee-friendly principles as design principles, seems as far away as it was in the 1950s.

Government support is finally needed

There would be ideas: If, for example, automobile manufacturers - some with state holdings and all with unions in co-management mode - intended to build mobility platforms that would also turn car buyers into producers or providers of driving performance, then these Uber-like ones could be used Build service providers in a more participatory and democratic way. The controlling algorithms could be disclosed (or at least certified by trade unions). There are already international initiatives here that are developing such democratic platform models, but they are still not supported enough by government agencies.

As for power asymmetries, new investment opportunities could also be explored. Here is the example of the Initial Coin Offerings, which represent a combination of an IPO and crowdfunding and run on the blockchain, may open up new potential for such a democratization of companies.

As far as the machines and robots are concerned: In the near future, they will still depend on the person who instructs them, trains them, and who has to take control in the event of uncertainty. Concepts such as Human in the loop, which want to compensate for the limitations of artificial intelligence through human interaction, would be a good way to influence these intelligences according to ethical and international standards. At least for the next few years, until the learning mechanism has matured the machines.

There would therefore be opportunities, but the traditional political actors still seem to be waiting, as these strategies and measures often appear too new and therefore risky. Concerns that the big technology companies will hardly have.