Most national development strategies start by analyzing the current problems and challenges a country faces, and end with approaches to address them. They are based on experience, which comes from the past and we use it—combined with data—to extrapolate our understanding of the present to improve in the future. It’s a good method to understand gradual change, and what I call the “used future” – we create a vision of the future from what we know from the past.
But if we look back to the past, we start to see that certain aspects of our lives, for example technology, are changing rapidly. Look at how we use our mobile phones today: they are now used as computers, cameras, and networking tools! A developing country like Timor-Leste may have full mobile and data coverage, but the use of the technology is mostly for entertainment and not to create new opportunities for economic development.
Technology is changing much faster than cultural norms and values. — blog.adb.org/blogs
A version of this article appears in print on May 09, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.