Emerging Technology: Why Disruption is the Wrong Word

March 28, 2018


I don’t know about you but the word disruptive to me just simply too, I guess, disruptive. Emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain, drones, machine learning, AR, 3d-printing, cryptocurrencies are not just an idea anymore, they are really happening. So why do we have to be so alarming with our semantics?  As humans we are always afraid of the unknown and new technologies can be a scary thing and adding the world disruption to it can be perceived as negative. Let’s just face the facts, change is hard. But where there is change there is opportunity and where there is opportunity in technology, there is space of us to think of a better way of doing things. Blockchain and other emerging technology is not developed to take away the jobs of humans, rather it is made to improve particular aspects of it to serve us with more transparent data insight, accuracy and honesty. New technologies are create to make our jobs more efficient and business more optimized so that humans can focus more on what’s important, and leave the menial machine-able jobs to robotics and automation.

Evolution is defined by scientists as “the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” Dramatic implies sudden and striking change. With any new technology, the change will be gradual. Change needs to be gradual and it is for any mass adoption. We are an adaptable species, so let’s evolve to the times of the technological age. It truly is our jobs as human beings of higher intelligence to be self-sufficient, adapt and evolve as the ecosystem around us evolves. Computers are getting ever more sophisticated and that provides both the motivation and opportunity for humans to do the same. So instead of disruption as negative change, lets think in the way of positive adaption. In order to do better with innovation, we need to embrace technology together. It’s a fast-moving business world and in order to stay competitive it’s key that organizations adapt to changes in technology. Quantaloop cares and understands the importance of education in the mass adoption of any new technology.

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will” – W.Clement Stone. For more on embracing emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI, you can follow Quantaloop on Twitter.