Connectivity Makes Anything Possible
发布时间 : 2017-11-13
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In today's digital age, information is bringing changes to every corner in the world, and connectivity is the medium through which all information is exchanged. Connectivity enables communications amongst people, exchanges information between people and machines, and allows machines to recognize and engage with each other. Connectivity is, in essence, the world's nervous system, and it is extending across the world to the point where it will soon be ubiquitous. From the data torrents of developed countries to the pent up demand of underdeveloped regions; from individuals to enterprises and countries; connectivity can open up unprecedented new possibilities.
Connectivity is a fundamental human need
With the arrival of the digital economy, the demands placed on connectivity across the world now cover the entire spectrum of Maslow's hierarchy of needs – from basic physiological needs to safety needs, esteem needs, and ultimately self-actualization. For those of us who live in big cities and are totally familiar with a digital lifestyle, even a few hours of disconnection from the Internet can leave us ill at ease. For those trapped in dangerous, life-threatening situations, connection to the outside world means the hope of survival. For those who are living away from their families, connectivity allows them to stay close to their loved ones. And for those living in poverty, connecting is like adding a new organ of sense, one that can "see" more opportunities and pathways to a better life.
The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals Report , published in 2015, revealed that in the year 2000, only 6% of the world's population was connected to the Internet. By 2015, it was 43%. However, there is still a long way to go before the whole world is connected. We may feel as though our planet is inundated with data, but it is important to realize that there are still 4.4 billion people – more than half of the global population – who remain unconnected . Most of this unconnected population is living in developing countries. In 2010, the International Telecommunications Union and UNESCO jointly established the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Its aim is to promote the development of broadband and Internet applications worldwide in order to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Bringing the unconnected online and closing the digital divide are of crucial importance to any effort to build a more equitable world. These objectives are the shared responsibility of governments, telecom carriers, and the entire ICT industry.
Building a Better Connected World
In today's world, receiving a parcel delivered by drone would seem futuristic and exciting. But in coming years, such a thing will become commonplace. Drones will be deployed in a wide array of commercial and industrial roles. Where human operatives cannot go, drones can still perform with agility and efficiency. For example, a medical drone can transport a defibrillator to a patient in cardiac arrest at a speed of 96.6 km per hour. It could deliver vital first aid within a minute, rather than the 10 minute response time today.
Within the next three to five years, every football fan could be enjoying astounding immersive experiences via augmented reality (AR). They will be more immersed in the game than spectators in the ground. AR helmets will allow them to sit in any pitch-side seat they please, but more than that, they could place themselves on the pitch, in the middle of the action, and even in position of a player.
These technological advances are not so far from becoming an everyday reality for many of us, but they are unlikely to be immediately and equally accessible to everyone. According to a report by the ITU, there is still a vast digital divide between developed and developing countries: Of the 4.4 billion unconnected people worldwide, less than 300 million are in developed economies. The majority are distributed across less developed parts of the world. To fully connect these people and deliver universal Internet access, which the UN advocates as a basic human right, governments will need to take active measures. They must offer dedicated funding and supportive policies to encourage telecom carriers to expand their networks. At the same time, carriers need to identify more efficient network coverage solutions if they are to eliminate digital blind spots, connect the world, and enable everyone to enjoy the infinite possibilities of the Internet.