Part 1: Responses to Question-Responses
Q: As technology advances, how will it affect jobs? What solutions can be made to create other jobs for humans?
Response: Technology results in displacement of employment opportunities as it automates manual work using an effective Information System. The rise and growth in technology would not – in its entirety – lead to loss of jobs for different reasons. The initial response notes that employees who are downsized to pave way for technology where they engage in other economic activities (Peters 4). For instance, they consider entrepreneurship as part of their career growth. In addition, implementation of technology requires employees (as end users of technology invention) to upgrade their skills which opens other opportunities in their respective careers.
Q: With technology increasing rapidly, and social media becoming one of the main ways that we communicate, how can we take use these things to increase the rate in which countries and people of different nationalities and religious backgrounds unite?
Response: It is true that social media is promoting social vices in our communities such as terrorism and hate crime. For instance, social media has led to the spread of fake news whose intentions is to persuade the public into thinking in a predetermined direction. This includes vested economic and political interests as evidenced during the 2016 US General Elections (Allcott and Matthew 213).
Part 2: Responses to Questions
Q1: In 2050 the population of the world will be around 9.7 billion people. What are the challenges of having that many people on the planet and how do we solve it?
Response: Challenges of a huge population would be determined by the availability and accessibility of public resources such as schools, hospitals, and security. If the world will develop sufficient resources to address public needs, then sustaining a population of 9.7 billion would be practically possible (Giles-Corti et al. 2914). To overcome the challenges of a large population – as evidenced in China and India – is to ensure that the available human resource contributes to the economic growth of people as reflected in a country’s GDP.
Q2: Do you believe that international environmental treaties constitute a sufficient solution to the problem of climate change?
Response: International environmental treaties – such as the Paris Climate Accord – does not constitute a sufficient solution to modern climate changes. An effective solution should mobilize populations – at personal levels – to understand that conserving the environment is done for future generations (Pickering et al. 823). Modern economies are more concerned with economic wealth and this dilutes the significance of implementing international environmental treaties.
Allcott, Hunt, and Matthew Gentzkow. “Social media and fake news in the 2016 election.” Journal of Economic Perspectives31.2 (2017): 211-36.
Giles-Corti, Billie, et al. “City planning and population health: a global challenge.” The lancet 388.10062 (2016): 2912-2924.
Peters, Michael A. “Technological unemployment: Educating for the fourth industrial revolution.” (2017): 1-6.
Pickering, Jonathan, et al. “The impact of the US retreat from the Paris Agreement: Kyoto revisited?.” Climate policy 18.7 (2018): 818-827.