eCulture – “a term used to categorise the social evolution and transformation course society is pursuing, to a digitally oriented way of life”
The eCulture Zone is a place of enlightenment, education and forum for debate, on the positive and negative attributes of the world’s social evolution and transformation to digital life.
A transformation today that is driven by a rate of technological innovation that is increasing rapidly, delivering new devices, new ways to connect, to communicate, to engage and to integrate, which in the extreme involves direct integration between organic and synthetic / robotic forms.
We try to identify news and announcements on eCulture developments of significance, things that we hope our audience will find interesting and be encouraged to debate, comment offer further insight or just express concerns.
eCulture – How is it Happening
The scope of eCulture social transformation can be categorised as follows and for each we offer some simple everyday transitions that have already occurred include:
- eGov & Digital Legislation – eGov strategies (or digital government) is defined as “The employment of the Internet and the world-wide-web for delivering government information and services to the citizens. (United Nations, 2006; AOEMA, 2005). Notable aspects of government progress on digitisation of services include, the ability to manage tax affairs on-line, process car tax, assessing eligibility for benefits.
- Digital Health & Assisted Living – Digital health in the form of combined technological device and communications innovations is empowering the tracking, management and improvement of wellbeing leading to greater independence and improved health outcomes. Increasing adoption by healthcare providers of tele-health and tele-care services utilising wireless enabled monitoring devices to remotely maintain an awareness of things like blood pressure, weight, blood glucose levels etc. that can be used by patients without the assistance of a health care professional.
- Internet of Things (IoT) & Wearables – Well being devices that have quickly become commonplace in shops and online stores, today with all major mobile smart phone providers now promoting a range of smart watches that can run apps connected to the internet. The IoT is significant because an object that can represent itself digitally becomes something greater than the object by itself. No longer does the object relate just to its user, but it is now connected to surrounding objects and database data. When many objects act in unison, they are known as having “ambient intelligence.”
- AI & Automation – In a recent development researchers at Chalmers University in Sweden announced that they had succeeded in connecting a prosthetic arm directly to the bone, nerves and muscles of a patient to create “a stable fusion between man and machine”, it is only a matter of time before upgrades capability is offered to those that want it. The emergence of autonomous things marks other key landmarks in AI progress. Early examples include autonomous drones and self-driving vehicles.
- Privacy & Cybersecurity – With a plethora of new ways for personal and private information to be collected and shared emerging as technological and digital by default standards progress, privacy and data protection are quickly become mainstream concerns. Ethical hacking has become the accepted method of validating the reliability and robustness of cyber security arrangements implemented for digital services, achieved locating weaknesses and vulnerabilities of computer and information systems by duplicating the intent and actions of malicious hackers.
Smarter Working & Living – Smart Working is a business-savvy approach to workplace flexibility. It is an integrated and strategic approach to flexible working, bringing together changes in technology and new concepts in workplace design with aspirations for more choice and a more manageable work-life interface. A smart home is utilising a technological solution that facilitate automation of tasks within a home, typically a combination of hardware (IoT devices) and software technologies enable control and management over appliances and devices such as heating, cooking, lighting or audio visual media devices. A smart city is a designation given to a city that incorporates information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage and overall costs. Together we could all be working and living smarter.
- Social Enterprise – representing a growing, worldwide movement of businesses that exist to change the world for the better. A social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. A key aspect of social change and realisation of new social value measures lies with the use of technologies such as social networking to facilitate sociocratic engagement and community empowerment, combined with the ability to better tell the positive story of social benevolence that is driving change and underpinning delivery of social value.
Building and eCulture Community
Jump in and join the discussion. At eCulture we want your input, what do you think about the prospect of this social transformation, what is your experience of it so far, what is good about it and what’s not so good?
We want to build a community if interested and concerned individuals, one that in time might be strong enough to make the good eCulture developments exceptional and influence the bad eCulture developments to become better.
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