The world of technology has continued to advance through history and will continue to the future with more and more new technologies everyday. Here is a little insight on some of the top tech countries of today.
When you first think of Japan and technology, you may first think of video game companies like Nintendo and Sony but that is not the only cultural use of technology that Japan is famous for. Japan is a country that prides itself in education with OECD data showing that Japanese students rank second in mathematics and first in science. This translates into its investment in technology as young Japanese students have gone on to create innovative technologies such as robot hotel staff, which have been very useful during the pandemic and a system that lessens the amount of side effects found in drugs for cancer and immune diseases called Peptide Discovery Platform System. The Japanese government also has a vision of a society called Society 5.0 where they aim to solve social challenges by incorporating AI, Internet of Things and big Data into everyday life.
China is a country that is very invested in technology as it is one of the first countries to have a digital currency (the digital yuan) as most day to day transactions are done using mobile wallet apps like Alipay and WeChat Pay (which increased during the pandemic). This is done so that there will be a back-up currency in the event that Alipay and WeChat Pay stop functioning for a period of time. There are also certain cities in China that are very futuristic such as Shenzhen, a city known as China’s Silicon Valley and is home to corporations like Huawei, the smartphone manufacturers and Tencent, the creators of TikTok. Shenzhen is also known for having fully electric cars and public transportation and their utility robots used on public roads like their police robots and cleaning robots.
South Korea is known for being the homeplace of smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and LG and they have used technology to help the country in different and innovative ways. A team of researchers have designed a device capable of controlling the brain of mice wirelessly via smartphone and this is innovative because before this breakthrough, scientists could only control brain circuits by using rigid metal tubes and optical fibres. Another way they have used technology to help the country is by using surveillance technology to control the spread of the pandemic, such as sending emergency alert text messages to all mobile phones through its cellular broadcasting service and clearly reporting specific information about those infected e.g. their height and weight, their age, where they have been and how they are getting treated. This is made possible because 95% of citizens own smartphones and there is not as much of a digital divide as there is in Western countries.
Can you guess the number one top tech country of the world? You would think it would be Japan, China or South Korea right? All wrong! Germany was named the most technologically advanced country in 2021 followed up the technological ladder by South Korea and singapore. But Why? Here are the reasons why Germany was made the number one tech country in the world. Firstly Germany is mostly known for its engineering, IT and manufacturing industries. The German government is now known as a global leader in machinery, military, technology and infrastructure. Germany has recently announced that they plan to put driverless vehicles on public roads so companies such as Teraki GmbH, an autonomous driving software firm, can use it for public delivery services and robotaxis (taxis without human drivers).
Singapore is known best for its tech ecosystem as according to a 2017 report by the StartUp Genome, Singapore has overtaken Silicon Valley as the number one place for start-up talent. The Singaporean government backs the tech ecosystem financially by creating incubation funds such as the National Research Foundation’s Early Stage Venture Fund, to invest into startups. Singapore, like Japan, also has excellent educational facilities that help the tech ecosystem. The NUS Overseas College, a college in Singapore, sends promising students to Silicon Valley so they can work with the best tech talent and to be prepared to work in the tech industry. It is known also to be the second place for best digital competitive companies and the ability to adapt to new digital technologies that lead to transformation in government practices, business models and society in general as it was the first country to deploy a national contact tracing application and they also deployed wearable Bluetooth contact tracing for the elderly and people without smartphones.
Technology is the past, present and future.
“ Technology makes what was once impossible, Possible. The design makes it real” – Micheal Gagliano