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This is a generation that literally has the world in their hands. All your knowledge is in a smartphone.
With his GPS he travels the planet, with Wikipedia he treasures the knowledge of humanity, thanks to the telephone contacts he communicates with his friends wherever they are. The connective replaces the collective, produces communities, associations, ways of being together that were previously unpredictable.
A generation that has immediacy and an experience of the present time that no one has had before.
The old grumps who criticize it refer to a period when a completely different idea of ??the moment prevailed.
When our ancestors got married, they swore fidelity for ten years since their life expectancy was only 30 years. Today, if two students get married, they swear fidelity to each other for 65 years! It is not the same marriage.
I don’t know a generation that has had so many novelties at once. This difference is unique in history. Until the fifth century before Jesus Christ, the transmission of knowledge was done through the word. Then, when writing was invented, everything changed: Law, Science, Religion, Pedagogy… In the Renaissance, the printing press triggered a total metamorphosis of society. But with the advent of computing, I suspect the changes are going to be even more radical. We are on the edge of the precipice. What is on the other side? I do not know.
Our institutions have been created in a world that no longer exists. Our policies too. The last electoral campaigns leave it in evidence. Already the predictions from polls and electoral polls are no longer reliable, the responses no longer follow the patterns studied. I don’t understand how the current generation will approach politics. But it is clear that the current system was invented before the technological revolution and is outdated in many respects. So the young people will have to reinvent everything and create a new and more participatory democracy. Everyone has access to a great deal of information and a simple citizen of the 21st century manages more data than the Roman emperors or Philip II or Louis XIV. That gives a somewhat utopian idea of ??a new, fairer society.
This generation comes after all the transformations of the twentieth century: the end of agriculture, the advances in medicine, the increase in life expectancy, the growth of the population. In 1950 there were two billion inhabitants; today there are 7 and a half billion. There is no human existence, since man appeared, in which the world population has doubled twice in a lifetime.
The birth of this new human being undoubtedly entails a series of transformations in social institutions, which go hand in hand with the emergence of new technologies and occur in a time of unprecedented ruptures. The appearance of new technologies evidences the beginning of an era in the history of humanity and “creates in the midst of our time and our groups a crack so wide and so evident that few eyes have been able to measure it in its fair dimension.
Could you, finally, describe what opportunities are opening up with new technologies and what should we take care of so that valuable human beings are not lost?
To what extent is this new generation facing the challenge of generating new knowledge?
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