Technology Is the New Cultural Identifier

Kuty Shalev, Founder of Clevertech - 23rd August 2018

In 1968, astronaut Frank Borman said, “When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on Earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people?” This seems to ring truer over time as technology changes the patterns that have shaped those nationalistic traits for millennia.

Yet we still tend to think in terms of nation-states, which themselves are merely a social construct. When Borman saw the Earth from the moon, he didn’t see borders and boundaries. The only indications of human groupings on the Earth he saw from space were the city lights illuminating the night skies.

That image hints at a more useful way of categorizing human interactions: the hub. A hub is not necessarily a physical location, but a center of shared activity that’s constantly evolving and being organized through the internet and other technological avenues. Human gravitation toward the hub has begun, with digital nomads shopping for new homes, evaluating countries by variables from internet speed to tax regulations, rather than accepting their birth nations. This represents a change from a longstanding pattern, a shift that’ll need to be fully understood if the hope is to thrive in this new digital reality.

Those who can adapt and embrace new tech put themselves at an advantage. We should embrace these new distributed power structures and seek political change that supports and enhances them.–Kuty Shalev, Clevertech Founder

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