Technological advances are coming more and more quickly, and they are being adopted just as rapidly. These innovation-based changes have come to transform the daily lives of people, including those who need the most care. The forthcoming Mobile Talks, which will be held in Barcelona’s CaixaForum on 30 May from 9:30 to 11:30 am, will address and thoroughly examine this situation, with the participation of a group of experts in a variety of social spheres and from an international perspective.
The impact of the technologies and the digital transformation of society are increasing every day. Innovation is a decisive factor and the cornerstone which is allowing areas like education or medicine to develop at a pace unheard-of today. It can even help in the integration of the most vulnerable groups in society by promoting and fostering their social and work integration with the same rights as other citizens.
The main benefits provided by the digital transformation are related to the universalization of technologies, which are now reaching all possible spheres and permeating society as a whole. Some of these new developments are already found in homes in more than half the world.
Dynamic social sectors of technology innovation
Voice assistants, for example, can actually control virtually all the functions of a smart house for the elderly, the ill or the disabled. Mobile applications, gadgets which allow for geolocation, and even smart hearing aids connected to smartphones are other examples of how the new technologies are meeting the real needs of the elderly in order to make their daily lives easier, improving their inclusion and trying to break the digital gap which has opened up.
In other areas, individuals with mechanical or functional disabilities are the seed of innovation for social entities and organisations, which are coming out with wheelchairs that go up staircases, Braille readers, digital guides for the blind and more recently driverless vehicles or articulated mechanical arms. With regard to immigrants and refugees, a wide range of tech projects are underway in the fields of healthcare, culture and training which seek to break down barriers and alleviate the difficulties suffered by groups living in extreme situations.
In a future not as distant as we might imagine, artificial intelligence and android robots will come into our lives, just as mobile devices have become part of our daily existence. This will signal a crucial step forward for individuals with a wide variety of needs.