2013 is almost over and thank goodness! 2013 was a year of incredible dysfunction. In my lifetime, I have never seen anything like it. 2013 brought almost catastrophic political, business, and social dysfunction. Unfortunately, our industry/Information Technology made all of this possible.
In 2013, the census department discovered that 2011 was the year more people were are on government assistance than are working full time: https://www.census.gov/sipp/tables/quarterly-est/household-char/hsehld-char-11.html. In contrast, today corporate profits are at an all time high and wages are at an all time low.
Corporate Profits as a % of GDP
Wages as % of GDP
What is our elected government doing about this, you ask? In 2013 Edward Snowden defected to the Soviet Union and we learned that we are all being spied on all of the time.
Our industry technology is playing a huge role in all of this dysfunction, new ERP systems shift corporate power to the financial side of the business to produce larger profits with little compassion for those who made the profits possible. Internet technologies allow intrusive access into peoples' lives.
The internet is the greatest invention of our time; however, the government now intercepts and analyzes every email, text, and phone call that is transmitted to the United States. Does this help our security? Probably not, as the Boston Bombers were able to carry out their attack dispite a specific threat reported to the US by the Soviet Union.
Technology should be used to benefit society; however, tragically our innovations are not being used wisely to enable freedom and accomplishment. Information Technology should be used to dramatically reduce the administrative cost of delivering public services, not to spy on citizens and workers. We should be able to use our information to make good decisions, and have instant results from studies such as the census rather than wait years for the data to be compiled.
My 2014 New Year's resolution is to use Information and Technology wisely to help others and not waste my time poking my nose into other people's business.