President Barack Obama points out that technology has made society more unequal.
His statements are made at the annual event of Dreamforce, Salesforce’s business software company.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama said that technology has brought about greater inequality and made the public more divided, despite its potential.
The remarks reflect wider concerns about how modern life has become of central technology. Top technology firms like Facebook, running platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp, and Google, run YouTube, are now facing antitrust scrutiny and regular criticism.
“If you follow one rabbit hole on YouTube,” Obama told At Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, the world can look different than if you’d go down on another.
“Part of what happens is that people don’t know what’s true and what’s not, and what to believe and what not to believe,” Obama added.
“That’s part of why we’re having so much trouble in our political culture,” he stated. “But it’s not just affecting politics. We are siloing ourselves off from each other in ways that are dangerous.”
People watching Fox News live in a reality different from those reading The New York Times, Obama said. He contrasted the current environment with that of his youth, when there were three TV stations and people who watched the same shows would have common ground.
Obama stated technology has led to considerable creation of wealth.
Accelerated by technology and social media, today’s culture leads to the pursuit of the wrong things, Obama said.
He added. “How do we modulate that, so every kid has a good school, and nobody is homeless on the streets, and those that have been lucky are giving back in a serious way to pave the path for the next generation of success?”
“We have not adjusted our social institutions to make sure we benefit from this huge rise in productivity that comes from technology.”
“There’s so much anger and frustration going on right now that has to be status issues and, you know, ‘ I want to be up here, let me put other people down there. ‘”
That’s why Salesforce has people teaching mindfulness, Benioff said.
Obama said. “Makes a difference,”


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