The acceptability’s limits of connected objects
In a connected society, individuals may be reluctant to be constantly connected to a global network. Who does not know a story about the domination of robots over humans or the dehumanization of our society? So much so that these stories are now integrated in the collective unconscious and can be perceived as possible risks for society.
In the real context, the security of personal collected and analyzed datas by connected objects is a concerning topic and deserves the attention of all stakeholders. There are perceptible and measurable risks that are today the major challenge of the digital transition.
A country, a territory, a society lives by its population. Thus, this digital and societal digital transition will only take place if the population accepts it and integrates it into its way of life.
To do this, it is necessary to conduct specific actions to promote the acceptability of digital, connected objects and especially to take into account the needs and expectations of people.
We are only at the beginning of the digital age. As with all innovation, a time of education, formation and adaptation will be necessary for a full understanding and a better taking charge of these tools.
Whether at school, at work, or in a self-taught way, connected objets require a real learning to be used wisely and responsibly.
Public authorities, as well as the private actors, have a crucial role to play in the acceptability of connected objects by the population.
Indeed, a society is defined by its habits. These habits are obvious since they have been integrated into a collective unconscious. Communication, the spearhead of acceptability, brings new societal dictates to understand and incorporate.
It is through the communication and the promotion of responsible connected projects that the perceived interest of connected objects will improve, while becoming, in the long term, reference tools for a sustainable and resilient development of territories.
Moreover, in France, we are proud of our regions and their particularities. New technologies must not call into question these national achievements, specifics to our country and inherited from our History. Thus, each project must be carefully analyzed and take into account these specificities to propose innovative concepts that make sense for the local and then the national populations. A precise methodology, including geographical characteristics, social and cultural context, historical development, are all elements to take into account for a successful territorial integration of connected technologies.
Human, since historic time, has lived through destruction and reconstruction to accommodate his environment and adapt his territory to answer to his needs. Many will say that it is too optimistic, even utopian, to consider connected objects as the solutions to the ills of 21st century society. However, let’s not forget that connected objects are just tools. They provide information, propose follow-up and coaching, give the opportunity to act and react. For that, we have to use it. It will only depend on the goodwill of everyone.
However, in view of the flourishing concepts everywhere in the world and of the optimism brought by new technologies, we can admit that a new era of humanity may be offered to us, if we decide to try the bet. The future will tell us if we are right. That’s all we have to wish for ourselves and for future generations.