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Technological innovation isn’t just happening fast, it’s creating modes of transport that have no precedent.
Technological innovation isn’t just happening fast, it’s creating modes of transport that have no precedent.

Slow government and fast technology: trouble ahead?

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Technology moves at dizzying speeds and democratic governments are scrambling to keep up.

Citizens want their programs and services delivered using the latest technologies. Industries are demanding that governments change the laws to support constant innovation.

Look at the transportation industry. People want governments to develop improved transportation infrastructure and allow new forms of safe travel.

Technological innovation is creating modes of travel that have no precedent. What’s a government to do?

There is the possibility of flying taxis, such as the Volocopter which could transport people across cities in mere minutes. There are also self-driven delivery drones that can drop packages off at your doorstep. You may be able to travel at the speed of sound through a hyperloop, combining maglev train technology with a vacuum tube that can transport people and cargo. 

These kinds of innovations are disruptive because they overtake older forms of technology. Disruptive technologies drive innovation and modernize almost every facet of society.

This same disruption in our marketplace and society goes against the grain for most governments.

According to Travis Moore, “the technology industry talks about innovation and disruption, while the government is based on checks and balances of power. Government has in fact been designed to be not disrupt-able.”

What does it mean when governments can’t keep pace with disruptive technologies? It means companies will move ahead of government and build them anyway.

How can government and industry reach a middle ground that allows innovation to flourish? Can they work together to better align with disruptive technologies and help drive change for the good of citizens?

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