by Tae Yoo, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
One of the key challenges under discussion at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos is “employment, skills and human capital”, with a focus on how to create 470 million new jobs by 2030 as technology is expected to fundamentally disrupt the nature of work itself.
Imagine a world of hyper-connectivity where information can help predict an asthma attack and a building can detect a gas leak and contain it. That world is here. That time is now. We are in the age of Digitization. In our digitized world, astonishing opportunities emerge when people connect, and Cisco believes the impact of digitization on society will be five to ten times greater than the impact of the Internet to date.
The challenges confronting our world are complex and can’t be solved by a single government, industry or organization. But these problems aren’t insurmountable — if we connect the social mindset of young workers to the power of technology.
We now live in the age of digitization. Connected technologies can monitor everything from our bodies and cars to factories and businesses. Unprecedented amounts of data are being collected and analyzed to solve real-world problems as personal as asthma attacks and as complicated as car accidents, pipeline ruptures and supply chain breakdowns. This is happening today. And it’s only the beginning.
This week, more than 2,500 leaders from business, government, academia, and civil society will convene at the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. As one of those attendees, Cisco will collaborate with other global problem solvers in strategic discussions about the political, economic, social, and technological transformations reshaping the world.
This blog was originally published on Cisco’s internal employee website.
“Follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid. Hold your heads high!”
These were the words shared by Alison Gleeson, Cisco’s Senior Vice President of Americas Sales and Jordi Botifoll, Cisco’s President of the Latin America Theater, to students at a recent Cisco Networking Academy event during Cisco Live! Cancun.
More than 56 million people in Latin America rose above the poverty line between 2002 and 2011. Thanks to a thriving job market and rising wages, the middle class in the region grew by 82 million people in that time span, as more people discovered new economic opportunities in an increasingly connected world.
Thirty years. What were you doing 30 years ago? Were you graduating from college? From high school? Were you starting your first career? Were you born yet? Thirty years is obviously going to mean different things to different people.
It seems like every day we wake up to a story in the news about a cutting-edge and often frivolous technological innovation -- such as this recent breakthrough allowing us to quickly order a pizza with emoji.
In many parts of the world, being able to download information on a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a few seconds is the norm. In Silicon Valley, wireless high-speed Internet connections are more ubiquitous than Starbucks.