Globalization and Technology

I came across this article on BBC business news section and surprisingly, it is related to our reading for Monday;  the article talks about the next phase of technology and globalization. Speaking from experience as a foreigner, technology has changed the way the world communicate, i can Skype, Facebook chat with my cousins in the most remote village in The Gambia. The article divided the effects of technology and globalization into three sections.

Most businesses operate on a rationality concept- getting more done and spending less. According to the article, except for the jobs that require complex knowledge and expertise, many middle skilled jobs will be at risk of been outsourced. I am not okay with this part of technology and globalization because not every person can become an engineer, a lawyer or a doctors; if semi-skilled jobs are outsourced, it may become hard for people who do not have complex expertise to find decent jobs.

Another highlight the article talked about is external competition. One of the  crucial reason people the outside world are lured to the West is access to better education. With Educational platforms like MIT’s OpenCourseWare, Open Yale, and iTunes U, high quality education can be acquired by students living in some remote parts of the world. I think this is a good move, because it will minimize immigration and open the world to people who may not have to chance to travel to the West.

The article finally talked about emergence of Transnationals. To summarize the last part of the article  it simple said that technology will continue to re-balance the world by creating leaders form different parts of the world. what i understand from this is that in the near future, ones look  may not judge his origin and the American for example will have a prefix, say a Chinese American.

In most aspects, I am in support of the rising trend of technology and globalization,  because i think it will help bring light the many different cultures and people of the world on some kind of similar platform, what do you think?

3 Responses to Globalization and Technology

  1. Alex Benedict

    I believe that the Globalization of the Internet was inevitable as the technology is only growing more abundant, faster, and more reliable. It has opened the job market to really anyone who has access to the Internet. As the technology continues to grow, so will the accessibility. It has the ability to open a whole new world to these smaller countries. The Internet is a powerful place that holds a lot of information. Just as the automotive industry came to be what it is today. Our countries may not have the same cars or road systems but a similar, faster way of transportation. Just as the Internet creates a better world for learning, teaching, communicating, designing, and the lists go on. With the Internet covering such a large range of what we call basics, other countries have never been to access theses resources and will only add to the knowledge of humans. We will begin to grow more as one society, conform to a faster more efficient way of doing things with theses recent advancements. This will produce the max amount of happiness giving so many an equal opportunities to succeed in a rule utilitarian standpoint. Creating little to no harm to anyone else.

  2. After weighing the pros and cons of the globalization of technology, I believe there are more advantages than disadvantages that it causes. The main issue I have with it is that it is causing a lot of middle class people to lose their jobs. The wealthy keep their jobs because their expertise is a rare commodity, the poor keep theirs because it is a necessity to be present at most of those type of jobs, but the middle class loses because other people across the world are acquiring the information they previously did not have, which is allowing them to compete for those type of jobs. That being said, this benefits the world in a couple of ways. People who were previously poor now have the opportunity to gain some substantial financial income, this creates more competition, which will motivate people to perform to the best of their abilities and, in turn, increase productivity across the world. Although some people will be losing jobs in the process, it is only right that everyone has an equal opportunity to be successful. Because the pros outweigh the cons, I believe it is safe to say that the overall happiness of people across the world increases with the globalization of technology.

  3. The problem I see with globalization in this case is right now in this day and age technology and finances are dominated by the west. If our technology gets adopted by other nations it seems that a lot of our culture gets adopted as well. It would then seem that western culture would dominate the world, and other nations would have to conform to us. I see this happening, but I’m not sure if it is a good thing or bad.
    On one side when every country is like the west the ideas and culture of the subdued culture get suppressed. Maybe some of the best ideas and rich experiences would come from the small countries, but the world would never get to know them. Differences between people might fade.
    On the flip side, there are some very distinct advantages to globalization. Maybe it doesn’t matter if the west suppresses other cultures, or maybe there will be no suppression at all. Also, globalization brings money into poor nations. Technology and education can increase the overall standard of living in developing countries. Finally, globalization moves us closer and closer to a one nation world, hopefully with less war and more communication.