‘Splinternet’: Consumers Safety more important than Global Standards, Dassault Systemes CEO Says

As growing talks of the US and China’s trade war is gradually becoming a war over technology, CEO of a tech company thinks it’s time to start thinking about prioritizing consumers safety over global internet standards, CNBC reported Wednesday.

‘Splinternet’ may be a new buzz word for internet users, but it increasingly has tech experts worried in the time of geopolitical divides. As reported in CNBC, it refers to literal splitting of the internet into varying parts as other nations becoming increasingly suspicious of foreign technologies.

Eric Schmidt, Former CEO of Google, has recently warned that the internet would split into two, with one led by the United States, and other led by China.

There is a dual concern – global standardization of the technology and higher protection either for its data or infrastructure, the news reported, citing Bernard Charles, CEO of Dassault Systemes at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.

It is already known that infrastructure must be well-protected, otherwise it will put everything at risk at the same time, he added.

According to the tech executive, autonomous vehicles and energy networks should be transformed with ‘specialization’ in mind, referring as ‘mix-up’ of technology along with the safety of consumer services.

“Is the specialization going to come from standardization of technology or from service quality that companies offer to their customers?” Charles said.

What will prevail first is the safety and security of services for the consumers and technology should serve that, not the other way round, he added.

Economy of Experience

Now, the world is an ‘economy of experience’, Charles says, where consumers prefer slick services more than tech products. Things are changing all over at the beginning of the 21st Century and the value of service would win against the value of technology.

“We are no longer in an ‘economy of product’ and it can be seen in every sector.” Charles said.

It is more about transforming the ecosystem and not about digitalization; a new mix up of things including mobility, infrastructure, and cities.

In the World Economic Forum, Charles also alluded to the example of a ‘virtual city’ his company had created – a 3D model of Singapore used to handle issues in the city related to infrastructure and disaster management.

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