Technology firms want to ensure that their innovations meet the needs of Londoners and are user friendly. Would you like to be involved in the development of new technology?
Yes I'd be very happy to contribute to development efforts...
yes i would contribute to development
please remember the over 40s you should include us as well
Although not mentioned as much as other forms of discrimination generally, anecdotally ageism seems to be a particular problem in the digital industries.
We specialize in developing Machine Learning and AI solutions to solve business problems, with focus on SMEs. Most London businesses are SMEs and have limited to no access to these emerging technologies due to high cost. This is why I think there is a lot we can do to help (being small company ourselves).
Yes. I would be delighted to help.
Thanks everyone, it's great to see so much enthusiasm.
How would you like to engage with technology firms?
Yes please. I've worked in digital transformation since 2000 - starting with putting public services online and various tech projects including assistive technologies to support early discharge from hospital. Rather than simply be a test bed for what tech firms want to deliver, is there any work on developing use cases for them to work on? For example, could we have an extension of a scan alarm that would work outside of the home? And could it become like a handsfree voice activated device that works with different levels of hearing? just a thought
Being in Tech already yes would be happy to be involved!
Yes, I would :)
This debate topic seems like a wide statement and perhaps worded incorrectly?
Why not open up a debate on what specific problems we want technology solutions to solve i.e. as a Londoner, I want technology firms to solve ... knife crimes, violence, street safety, better logistics, more transparency of costs to Londoners, etc. More focus required, otherwise, you are using technology for technology sake... which means unrealistic scope and expensive solutions (over promise and under deliver)!
Thanks everyone for sharing your suggestions.
How can technology be used to better connect Londoners to government and other public service providers?
Probably need to split the problem domain into more defined scope, for example:
1. Technology usage and reach in age groups (Teens, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50+) - technology access / usabilty will need to factor in experiences and relevance
2. What connections or access between Londoners and government / public service providers do you want? Public/health care info, budget / spend analysis, City Hall key decisions and inputs/feedback, Regulatory/Compliance information, etc
3. Delivery / communication mechanisms - internet, email, apps, chatbots, public displays, bus / train terminal screens, etc
4. Budget and timelines - maybe difficult to know now, possibly using a small study/pilot to understand options / ideas and costs / timelines to define the benefits case and approach
It all depends on what is meant by "new". There are still several less new techniques which have yet to be tried and which are likely to be beneficial to many people and harmful to the few who are creating trouble and expense for the rest. The degree of opportunity is controlled by those who make it too costly for entrepreneurs to become more active and to offer jobs to unemployed or poor people who cannot otherwise find work. This is because to obtain access rights to an unused site of land is too costly and houses are also too expensive for many more to be built, even thought such properties would otherwise be in great demand.
To lower the cost of access to and ownership of land, there should be a change in the collection of revenue which is payable on useful sites, whether built up or vacant. In many cases today, this is called "the rates" and they apply to both the value of the undeveloped site and of its buildings. Such a rate on buildings discourages the desire to improve them and such a rate on land encourages the better use of what is currently being partly used or is vacant because in these latter two cases the land owner is hoping to speculate in the increasing land value. The tax payers investment (through the government) in the infrastructure raises the usefulness and value of the site in question. Without doing anything but sit still a land owner can gain from this activity and this situati9on is unjust and harmful to those who need cheaper living conditions, namely the poorer classes, many of which have become homeless due to lack of work and high cost of accommodation.
A system of two-part rates should be introduced where the the sums payable for land should greatly increase as the corresponding amount for the buildings is reduced. This would have the joint effect of reducing production and residential costs because it would make more land available, and correspondingly less competition for it, whilst the jobs available for its development rise.
A few examples of new technologies could include:
- using an app to find a doctors appointment, to monitor the symptoms of an illness or response to medication
- using technology to reduce your energy bills through tracking use, remote access, using cheaper energy at non-peak times
- interacting with your local area and community, such as reporting graffiti, drug use, littering or interacting with your local council to get a better understanding of local issues, how they are responding and how you can help (e.g. housing, crime, education); using technology to learn new skills
- using technology to find out about local school performance and over-subscribed areas
Would you be interested in using such technologies or apps? Why or why not? Or are you already using similar ones?