AI voice assistants (Alexa, Cortana, Siri etc.) and cloud are becoming so deeply embedded into our business and social life. Recent news from CES that Alexa will be used in Lamborghini and Rivian cars. Device makers, such as Apple, are obviously using their voice assistant in their devices. With IoT, AI voice assistants can be embedded into most devices and products. They also allow third-party developers to embed their voice assistants into apps. These big tech firms, that have AI voice assistants and cloud services, are now so entrenched in our daily lives that they are collecting data about us from many sources and our desire for convenience is pushing tech firms to develop more products and services to cater to our personal needs. This is just a short article to get some ideas out there.
Should access to the Internet be a universal right?
Life gets very difficult without Internet access. Corporations and governments want you to interact with them online. Banking and finance would be difficult and more costly without Internet connectivity. Accessing government services without Internet access becomes more time-consuming. Services from corporations would be unbearable without access to the Internet. Communications and payments would cost you more without access. You would not be able to fully participate in the digital economy without access.
Is it time to make Internet access a universal human right?
Through their own platforms or through acquisitions of startups, Big Tech has got into all sorts of businesses and its reach is expanding. One business they all have in common is data - it all centers around data.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed, what they call, the Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), an artificial nervous system/skin that can give robots a much faster sense of touch than humans.
Now that Uber and other ride-hailing apps have scaled up, they are having to deal with many different regulations around the globe. This is not just for ride-hailing apps but for virtually all tech startups that have scaled up internationally. Once you scale up you need to develop a department for handling compliance, regulation and governments worldwide and this imposes a huge cost on startups and their investors.
There has so far been no concerted effort into creating uniform global rules for the digital economy. Although, there has been some attempt to try to start discussions on a 'digital tax'.
These varying regulations are creating friction in the digital economy - and the costs for this are being payed by the users of the technology, in higher fees, and the investors in the startups.