Is Digital Nomadism impacting all life ? Thanks to the recent ICT advances, it is becoming noticeable throughout the world for those successive waves of ‘intellectuals and nonintellectuals’ alike are found to be not required physically in any place of work; work which can be discharged as it were remotely. This new trend however could only affect those parts of the world because of the current obvious digital split (or divide) between the haves and the havenots. It is a world issue because of the differing amount of information that is made available to different parts of the world. World issue since different information could affect different peoples differently.
Nomadism, way and style of life is only too familiar throughout certain regions of the MENA where like any other part of the world there are disparities between say, the GCC countries and other parts of for example of North Africa’s.
Here is an extensive coverage the Digital Nomad and how it is impacting the life of the haves in the world.
The Technology and Digital Divide facts are per Changing the Present
- Less than 10% of discarded computers are currently recycled.
- 80 percent of the world has mobile phone coverage, but only 25 percent of people are taking advantage of it.
- 57% of Americans over the age of 25 use a computer at work.
- 20 million personal computers are retired each year; most are disassembled, melted down, or buried in a landfill.
- Africa has just three computers for every 1000 people.
- Each day, over 163,000 computers and televisions become obsolete.
- 4 in 1,000 people in Asia have a personal computer.
- The entire continent of Africa has 14 million phone lines, fewer than those in Manhattan.
- 1 in 2 Americans in online; 1 in 250 Africans has internet access.
- The United States and Canada have more internet users than Asia, Africa, and Latin America combined.
The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream–and these apps, services, and events are here to help.
BY MIKE ELGAN 02.27.17
Twenty years ago, a Hitachi executive named Tsugio Makimoto predicted a revolution.
In the future, he wrote, high-speed wireless networks and low-cost mobile devices will break the link between occupation and location. Thanks to Moore and his Law, millions would indulge an innate wanderlust by selling their homes and living abroad, doing their jobs over the internet and enjoying the benefits of first-world income and developing-world cost of living. No more rat-race grind of cubicle and commute.
Makimoto’s vision appeared in his 1997 book Digital Nomad, written with coauthor David Manners. The book was virtually ignored by the public.
Ten years later, the digital nomad idea resurfaced in Tim Ferriss’s 2007 best-selling book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. In that hodgepodge of life hacks and business schemes, Ferriss painted a seductive picture of automated income and unbridled globetrotting.
Neither Makimoto nor Ferriss predicted the rise and impact of social networking, smartphone apps, the sharing economy, and on-demand services. Popular apps and services like AirBnb, Whatsapp, Yelp, Lyft, Duolingo, Earth Class Mail, and Google services like Maps, Fi, and Translate, though targeted at the public in general, simplify the digital nomad lifestyle in particular.
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The authors also couldn’t have predicted the rise of the digital nomad industrial complex, an entire industry created by and for digital nomads. Whether you’re a digital nomad, aspire to be one, or if you simply travel on business or vacation from time to time, you can benefit from this burgeoning industry.
A digital nomad is just another name for a remote worker.
The real impact of Makimoto’s vision isn’t the possibility of a strange untethered lifestyle for the few. It’s that technology may eventually turn us all into digital nomads. After all, a digital nomad is just another name for a remote worker.
A Gallup poll published this month called “State of the American Workplace” found that 43% of employed Americans worked remotely last year at least some of the time. Moreover, both the length of time working remotely and the number of employees doing so full time has been growing every year. (This is up from 39% in 2012.)
Thanks to the new digital nomad economy, it’s easier than ever to work remotely for the rest of your life or for an hour; from a tent on the Masai Mara or from the Starbucks around the corner. With the exception of two years at an American desk, I’ve done it myself since 2006–from Belize, Cuba, El Salvador, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey.
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The remote work trend has given rise to the coworking space–office space you can rent for temporary use in the U.S. and all over the world.
The world’s first coworking space opened in London in 1650: The Oxford coffee house. Loosely modeled on establishments in Vienna, which were themselves influenced by coffee houses in Istanbul and elsewhere in the Muslim world, the Oxford started the British coffee house craze. These coffee houses spread quickly throughout London (along with newly found enthusiasm for the stimulating, exotic, and bitter beverage itself).
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