Data and Automation

As data reveals the previously unknowable, increasing automation transforms society, and the digitisation of services improves transparency for some.

At the same time as politics are pushing some of us apart, our dependency on technology and interconnected systems is pulling others together. Deeper and wider digitisation is providing previously unknown levels of information and insight, allowing us to, for example, decode human DNA in minutes, find cures for cancer, accurately predict human behaviour, foil terrorist attacks, pinpoint marketing efforts, and prevent diseases. But data flows are increasingly being blocked by governments which seek to protect their country’s people, sovereignty, and economy, and over the next decade, many expect more countries of sufficient scale and capability to go beyond just defending their data assets and to try and build a data economy of their own.

In the commercial world, the impact of increasing automation is transforming the workplace and increasing the transparency of service provision. Some expect that in the long term, this will lead to increased efficiencies of many interconnected systems and greater safety, alongside higher productivity and economic growth, and the creation of new jobs in yet-to-exist industries. However, in the short term, with unemployment rising at record rates and the world economy shrinking, there is growing concern about the impact the preference for technology in place of workers may have on people, particularly for those who do not have adaptable skills. By 2030, as many as 20 million additional manufacturing jobs worldwide could be displaced. This at a time when the World Economic Forum has forecast that we need to create another 600m jobs to sustain current living standards.

An Implication: In an increasingly competitive civilian employment market, veterans with greater literacy, transferrable technical skills and relevant experience will be favoured.



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The question is how the data will be used beneficially for leavers.