It is easy to give technology as a panacea for all that is wrong with society or issues that continue to plague our day to day living. Truth is technology cannot fix everything and some things will take generational application of processes that are hard to scale or make go viral to alter or change.
Take for instance the fixation that we have with land ownership. The kind that drives grown and educated men down the path of crime and corruption to get a legitimate or fake title. I feel sorry for the principals at the ministry in their attempts to go digital and lay bare who owns what where. Google and all others who have attempted to provide sanity have faced such frustration and push back it makes one wonder what the real deal is. Maybe we need to shift the value focus from land ownership to value extraction from land, something that technology cannot fix.
We are a nation united in olympic sport but sharply divided by everything else, even when information and data is freely available to inform choices and decisions. Big data and “big analysis” are of no benefit if the output value is not consumed.
The benefits of good health are not lost on any Kenyan. Regardless of race or creed we realize and know what it means to be of good health. Yet despite this realization, and the availability of solutions that have driven down the access to services that underpin the need and desire for wellbeing, we still have single digit penetration in insurance.
We spend billions to improve infrastructure; build roads to open up the country and the virgin opportunities present. In the same action drive up fatalities as everyone is in an increased rush to get somewhere. We end up deploying more capital and infrastructure if but to tell you that you are being monitored; but who cares you still jump the red light at night.
In agriculture, through scientific processes we can determine the output of a field and therefore assure yield and by extension incomes. It still perplexes me why farmers would still try to game a system and process that can improve their lot.
It is indeed frustrating when you think about it. Technology can amplify returns, but only when coupled with successes in various aspects of the human condition that are often a result of such a broad spectrum of experiences it is near impossible to have perfect alignment. This remains the reason why, technology in all its glory and possibility does not hold singularly hold the key to our nirvana.