Mind the Tech 2019
Tech Innovators Must Take a Stand Against Loose Cannon Leaders
The biggest threat to innovation and technology may well be politicians, Calcalist's publisher Yoel Esteron said at the Mind the Tech Conference, London
Indeed, tech giants around the world still tremble whenever Trump wakes up early and angry and starts a new trade war on Twitter. It sometimes seems that the fate of the global economy may lie in the hands of people who rose to power by accident.Many Americans, especially in Silicon Valley, believe Trump is an accident. Many tech leaders in Israel feel that the rise of the extreme right is an accident of sorts. I would hazard a guess that many people in the tech sector here in London think Brexit is an accident, too.
But most tech chiefs and stars have been watching these accidents and doing nothing. They sit on their hands, waiting for the storm to go away. Well, Trump and Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the rest of the world's loose cannons are not going to disappear any time soon.
I am not looking to spoil the party when I suggest that the biggest threat to your inspiring and promising companies and startups is not competition coming from China or South Korea. The biggest threat to innovation and technology may well be politicians such as Trump, Putin, or Erdogan.
So, when we talk about global growth, we should pay attention to the quality of our political arena. The tech sector has been leading a blessed, fantastic growth, but here we are, almost eight decades after the Second World War, still living in an unstable world led by a bunch of egomaniac narcissistic figures. Well, not all of them, of course.
We cannot focus only on technology and leave politics to politicians. Some of them have declared war on democracy, some are trade-warmongers, some are racist or corrupt, and some are all of the above.