William Gibson’s famous aphorism may hold true: “The future is already here; it is just not evenly distributed.” Certainly, some of these concerns can seem academic or blinkered from the context of a developing country looking to develop key industries and provide employment for its people. At the other extreme, we can already see post-industrial pockets in different advanced economies, from Detroit to Japan. A recent Atlantic article explored the possible futures that may play out in a world without work. It painted a mixed picture: on the one hand, we might have the time and freedom to explore our creativity and passions; on the other, we might be heading for a “gig economy” where smaller parcels of work replace the security of full-time jobs.
The extent to which we replace or transform jobs, or the extent to which this is a transitional shift or a permanent change, is not predefined. We have a choice as to how we want to use technology, which path we take, and which scenario emerges. Perhaps the question is not a theoretical one, nor an empirical one, but one of intent and principle: what kind of society do we want to have? Central to this debate is safety, personal safety, safety at work and safety while we travel and live and work.
In the workplace safety systems are outdated, complicated and cumbersome. They start while you are working and they stop as you walk out the door. Only we don’t work like that any more.
Safety has become a process in itself. Let’s face it no one like the WHS tasks they are required to complete – even though it is trying to help them and those around them stay safe. The result is poor adherence and poor understanding compounds the problem.
Safety structures are fragmented and isolated from daily needs and core tasks and social or community networking
…they have lost relevance. They are not helpful to the user.
So as social upheaval grows, this is generating uncertainty. 16% population will be living alone (3.1 million in Australia alone).
In the next 20 years 30 – 47% of Current jobs will disappear and 39- 43% of us will be working remotely or in isolation. We are already spending increasing amounts of time alone both at home and while working.
People will be living increasingly nomadic lifestyles. Many of us work from home or travel a lot. Workplaces are now fluid and traditional structures are no longer effective
People are often no longer physically near their colleagues, networks and resources.
We feel less safe.
Need to connect with others more intuitively, we need to be able to raise an alert even if we can’t get to the phone. Everyone is spending more and more time alone, the time to personalise safety is now.
People love apps and love to be connected in real time. They want something that helps them to do their job or enjoy their activity not just deliver safety resources.
Delivering critical safety information and alerts even when unable to raise an alarm
We deliver a virtual community connecting people and services.
We help social and community contact, we offer confidence.
We offer a non-intrusive, reliable, trusted and secure app which is we will continue to integrate with everyday activity