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Discussion on the consequences of digitization at the International Conference (0)

Digitization has a significant impact on the labour market changing traditional professions into the yet unknown, changing the types of businesses, working styles and human relationships. 54% of jobs in the European Union are expected to be at risk in the next 10-20 years. Today, on April 26, the 20th International Scientific Conference “Human Values in the Digital Age” was held at Turiba University with the participation of experts from Great Britain, China and Latvia to identify the consequences of digitization and search for possible solutions.

The conference discussed the pros and cons of digitization looking at its various aspects - impact on business, the labour market, the knowledge provided by universities, tax policy, interpersonal relations, the reconciliation of work and private life, and the marginalization of a substantial part of society which is unable to keep up with the pace of digitization. The conference also looked at a phenomenon known as information overload.

"The society is changing - even when together, people are often lonely, because simply everyone is on their social network. It is not the distant future, but today's reality. Anyone can express their opinion on the Internet leading to a situation where lies and the truth, real life and that being reflected merges together in the informative space. People are becoming addicted to information. The need to constantly get new information (to be on the network, on the screen) all the time is compared to the same effect on the brain caused by sugar and snacks, pushing them to take on more and more. That's why experts already recommend working very seriously on information diets. Check how long, especially in your free time, you can withstand without opening or looking into any of the screens!” observed Maija Rozīte, Professor at the International Tourism Faculty of Turiba University.

The conference was organized to analyse the major challenges that different sectors would face as digitization levels increase and what would be the most valuable benefits. The conference focused on areas such as tourism, education, entrepreneurship, governance and legality as well as communication.