Is DARQ the New Tech Stack for the Post-Digital World?
Paul Daugherty, the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Accenture, says IT is transitioning to a new technology stack and that trust will be a fundamental component of future tech innovation.
In an interview with the Times of India, Daugherty says “we are entering a post-digital world … where building trust is critical.” Technologies developed over the past 15-20 years have become so commoditized and widely available that they no longer generate competitive advantages, he explains.
DARQ (distributed ledgers, artificial intelligence, extended reality and quantum computing) is replacing SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) as the working model for the next generation technology stack, he says.
I strongly recommend reading the interview. It’s definitely a wake-up call for everyone in our industry. Even if you don’t agree with Daugherty on the details, his vision of the future is both relevant and timely.
China on Track to Dominate 5G
China will likely corner global market for 5G technology, writes Susan Crawford of Wired. And the U.S. has no plan to counter China’s ambitions, she adds.
China is “on track to control most of the world's flow of high-capacity online services—the new industries, relying on the immediate communication among humans and machines, that will provide the jobs and opportunities of the future,” Crawford writes. “China's Belt and Road Initiative, supporting infrastructure and investment projects in nearly 70 countries, will have profound consequences for 40 percent of the world’s economic output. “
This is an important article that explains in dispassionate terms what China is attempting to accomplish. Unquestionably, we are facing stiff competition from China. Let’s hope the pending T-Mobile-Sprint merger sparks a new round of technology innovation and development in the U.S.
A More Nuanced View of AI’s Impact on Employment
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas L. Friedman has written an excellent piece on the impact of AI on the job market in the U.S. and India. The net takeaway is that AI will eliminate many frontline jobs, while increasing the need for AI programmers and developers.
“The U.S. and Indian middle classes were built on something called the high-wage, middle-skilled job. In an A.I.-driven world, such jobs are becoming extinct. Now there are mostly high-skilled, high-wage jobs and low-skilled, low-wage jobs, and a dwindling number in between,” Friedman writes.
For college graduates with coding skills, that’s good news. But for job seekers without tech skills, the future looks bleak. I urge you to read Friedman’s column and let me know what you think of his observations.