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New Media and New Digital Economy

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We Are Entering a New Era of Cybernetics and Informatics - 

Embracing the New Media World for Sustainable Growth

 

 

- Overview

The digital economy is a term that captures the impact of digital technology on patterns of production and consumption. This includes how goods and services are marketed, traded and paid for. Today the term encompasses a dizzying array of technologies and their application. This includes artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, cloud computing, blockchain, robotics and autonomous vehicles. 

The digital economy is now recognised to include all parts of the economy that exploit technological change that leads to markets, business models and day-to-day operations being transformed. So it covers everything from traditional technology, media and telecoms sectors through to new digital sectors. These include e-commerce, digital banking, and even “traditional” sectors like agriculture or mining or manufacturing that are being affected by the application of emerging technologies.  

At the centre of the digital economy is a ‘digital core’. This includes the providers of physical technologies like semiconductors and processors, the devices they enable like computers and smartphones, the software and algorithms which run on them, and the enabling infrastructure these devices use like the Internet and telecoms networks.  

This is followed by ‘digital providers’. These are the parties that use these technologies to provide digital products and services like mobile payments, e-commerce platforms or machine learning solutions.  

Lastly, there are the ‘digital applications’. This covers organisations that use the products and services of digital providers to transform the way they go about their business. Examples include virtual banks, digital media, and e-government services. The digital economy is fuelled by - and generates - enormous amounts of data. The collation and analysis of this data provides enormous opportunities – and risks – to transform how a range of economic activities are performed.  

 

- The Future of New Media

Communication, whether it’s personal communication with friends, family, and colleagues, or a large brand communicating to its consumer base, is more diverse than ever before. The mainstream introduction of the Internet in the early 1990s brought new and exciting communication methods, including using digital media to share your message more quickly and across greater distances. Social media channels and streaming video services became popular platforms for delivery and discussion of digital content; smartphones enabled brands to reach consumers regardless of their location. These advances in technology have impacted traditional communication professions, paving the way for digital media as a major influence on businesses and brands in creating relationships with their customers. The result is new job titles and a new landscape for what communication looks like.  

New Media is a 21st Century catchall term used to define all that is related to the Internet and the interplay between technology, images and sound. In fact, the definition of new media changes daily, and will continue to do so. New media evolves and morphs continuously. What it will be tomorrow is virtually unpredictable for most of us, but we do know that it will continue to evolve in fast and furious ways.

New media are forms of media that are native to computers, computational and relying on computers for distribution. Currently, some examples of new media are websites, mobile apps, virtual worlds, multimedia, computer games, human-computer interface, computer animation and interactive computer installations.  

 

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- The New Digital Economy

The New Digital Economy (NDE) is emerging from a combination of technologies, mainly from the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) space, that are becoming pervasive across mechanical systems, communications, infrastructure, and the built environment, and thus playing an increasingly important role, not only in social and political life, but in research, manufacturing, services, transportation, and even agriculture.

The technologies underpinning the NDE, most importantly, include: advanced robotics and factory automation (sometimes referred to as advanced manufacturing); new sources of data from mobile and ubiquitous Internet connectivity (sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things); cloud computing; big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).  

The rise of new digital industrial technology, known as Industry 4.0, is a transformation that makes it possible to gather and analyze data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs. This manufacturing revolution will increase productivity, shift economics, foster industrial growth, and modify the profile of the workforce—ultimately changing the competitiveness of companies and regions. 

 

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