We are amazed, astonished by the way technology is altering our work, our routines, almost every aspect of our lives. However, there are certain fields which are not permeable to changes yet.
It’s difficult to find an answer whether we don’t know how, if we are reluctant, or if it’s simply we don’t dare, for whatever reason. Maybe it’s a mix of some, or all three explanations.
The truth is that while we are completely devout to every brand new gadget to come out in the market, we download hundreds of thousands of applications for our smartphones, we can eventually see what the place we are going to actually looks like with the “street view”, we are still not able to figure out how we can apply all this new technology in a more strategic way for the infrastructure underlying our society.
I can imagine webcams almost everywhere, by which you can see in streaming, not only videos as in Youtube or how fluid or packed is traffic on a particular street, but maybe students of medicine in one city, attend a surgery in real time in the opposite part of the world.
Another example I can think of , is when will cars include a HUD (Head-Up Display) like combat airplanes, where you can see not only the reading of all instruments but your way to any address overlapping an arrow, not anymore in a “virtual” street grid, but on the real perspective, by means of a GPS as a built-in device.
But, as you know, this blog tends to consider technology focused only in a few aspects, regarding Society as subject.
How far are we of developing a methodology to process people’s decision (not anymore just “opinions”), on certain civic issues? Is it so unattainable to have a web page where maybe Laws that need to be voted, are exposed to citizen scrutiny and decision, by choosing “Yes” or “No” in terms of its approval?
Voting through technology could save considerable amounts of money, you won’t need to physically prepare spaces accordingly. But not only: any nation would become one single and only electoral district, at least in national matters.
But to me, the most important gain would be that Governments would not be entitled to make any decision, without actual support from the citizenship. This will become vital for the legitimacy of any body of government, far beyond the fact they’ve been voted some years ago.