There are some who still argue that the internet is too dangerous for normal people, but for some the threat is more subtle.
Technology is a powerful force for good in our lives, they say.
In this clip, you’ll hear from two people who have lived through it all: a mother of two who has been living on social media for over a decade, and a young man who has also been using the platform to make ends meet.
He explains how social media has changed his life, but also the lives of his friends.
I’m very glad that technology has opened up so many options for people to be creative, and that there are now so many more ways to interact with people, to connect with each other, to have an impact, and to have fun, instead of being worried about what others think of us.
We need to have a lot more confidence that the technology is going to be the best way to solve our problems, not just the best technology.
The clip ends with a plea for people not to be afraid of the future.
“Technology will never be perfect,” he says.
“Technology can never be everything.
But it is a way of making our lives better, and it can change how we see the world and how we live.”
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