How will interconnectivity reshape our world? I recently had the opportunity to ask that question of three innovators in the tech space at Society 5.0.

“I’ve spent most of my career on the serious side of AR [augmented reality],” said DAQRI founder Brian Mullins, whose focus is bringing AR to industrial and enterprise applications. “I’ve seen firsthand where these technologies are connecting the worker to knowledge and information in new ways.”

Technology is transforming more than just the way people work; it is much more deeply ingrained into our homes, our bodies and our lives as a whole, according to Finn Myrstad, director of digital policy at the Norwegian Consumer Council. This new reality introduces a new set of challenges.

“It requires a whole new way of thinking when it comes to protecting people’s data and treating it in a way that is in line with their expectations and security,” Myrstad said. “The brand of a company can be completely demolished by one data breach.”

While emerging technology will inevitably create obstacles, it also creates opportunities for advancement. Harlem Capital Cofounder and Partner John Henry invests in entrepreneurs seeking to change the world.

“My business is all about spotting people who are crazy enough to think they can do something a little different,” he said.

Historically, access to capital has been restrictive, and new businesses have often struggled to obtain the funding they need.

“For us, just the interconnectivity that these new channels [such as] social media provide have been helpful in eliminating the gatekeeper and getting straight to the founder who wants to make things happen,” Henry continued.

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