Once concerned with the digital revolution and the digital divide, regulators and industries will soon become increasingly concerned with the divide in access to Data and Intelligence; the gap between man and machine; the paradoxes to be addressed to have an AI-driven economy work for a human-centric society.

Digital transformation brought in a tide of change affecting all walks of life in modern society and all industry sectors worldwide. It was embraced as propelling opportunity just as often as it was stigmatized as a factor of disruption and the origin of new threats. Whatever the position of those facing it, digitization has been a core aspect in the history of our civilization over the last fifty years and digital transformation will most likely have an even greater role to play as today’s new generations experience the advent of AI.

Sustainable development of today’s economy requires hardware and software, but also strategies, to be modernized on an ongoing basis to keep abreast of the digital revolution and the opportunity it provides for a more intelligent use of our society’s resources. What works best for the greater good might soon be marketed to us as the only product and service line making us successful as suppliers and industry players.

We may thus recognize an underlying leit-motiv connecting the two main events of this year’s fall: it is the anthem of technologies and digitization recoding a cornerstone element that is the foundation of human society, simply referred to as Trust. A melody that could turn into a threatening theme if Trust is undermined by the growing asymmetry in information between citizens and governments, consumers and companies that technologies themselves create and amplify.