E-Estonia – Is the digital utopia for real?

Eesti Vabariik – the Republic of Estonia

45,339 Km2 and a population 1.3 M people which like a ten time less than Paris or London.

They have a complex and interesting history (actually most countries have an interesting history – but maybe it is a personal taste.)

 

But what is really interesting is how Estonia use the digital to organise their society.

E-residency

E-voting

E-school

E-police

E-etc.

 

It looks quite a digital utopia…

I have more questions than I have answers on this one honestly.

But first, let’s see what this all about…

 

E-Residency in 2 minutes

Simplifying administration.

Everybody’s dream, no?

 

Voting online

 

Probably a good way to increase participation.

 

E-school

Maybe my favourite.

My local school still use a notebook for teacher-parent communications.

Not even emails.

On the other hand, they have a full fledge communication system.

*jealous face*

 

E-police

Ok, that one is freaky.

Minority report anyone?

 

 

Beyond the hype?

I honestly do not know how all this is working for real.

We are all educated enough to understand these nice videos are PR version of the product.

But, still it looks very impressive!

 

What do you think?

If by chance you live in Estonia, I’d love to hear what you guys think.

Please leave a comment below.

 

And if you don’t live in Estonia, how is the digital in your country?

Would you want something like that in your country?

The dystopian future of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

I am a big believer that technology is neither bad nor good.

Technology is just a tool than enable our capacity to be more of what we are already.

We can use technology to solve problems.

Potentially, we can create a better society.

But it is not up to technology but how we use it.

 

Recently – Virtual Reality (VR) Augmented Reality (AR) are more and more trendy.

Everyone is super excited about where all this is going.

So, I though it might be interesting to stay real – so to speak – and explore how we could potentially fuck this up.

 

So, just to gain some perspective, here are 3 amazing short films to give you extra food for thought.

Let’s start with Virtual Reality.

 

Uncanny Valley – When Virtual Reality meet military operation

Do you like video games? Somebody’s got a job for you.

I hate to remind you that innovation is more often than not the result of a military need (Internet, computers, cryptography, planes, etc.)

Oh, and just in case you think this whole video is taking things too far, you should surely read this great article: VR-controlled Robots could save America

Strange Beasts -Augmented Reality beyond Pokemon Go

When I first watched this, I thought it was a real product – until nearly 2 min into the video.

AR became famous with Pokemon Go.

This short film gives you a bitter-sweet taste of what kind of beautiful things we could do with Advanced Reality.

 

Sight – AR meet Fruit Ninja & Tinder

Sight is not doing much than taking what we do every day and mix it with AR

Really make you think.

A different future

Just between you and me, I don’t fancy  any of these options to become our future.

But like I said earlier, technology is not the key factor.

Humans are.

Which why I believe we have to deploy our energy to upgrade humans’s internal technology – i.e – our values, our moral compass.

 

Education is the tool to upgrade humans