There are as many active cellphones as citizens, which means virtually everyone communicates or is entertained via ICT. Incomprehensible amounts of information are in everyone’s pocket, and ever more people buy goods and services via ICT.
When I had "robotic surgery", my surgeon was elsewhere — could have been in Timbuktu. When my hi-tech car broke down, the small town mechanic did not know what to do, so I found YouTube videos to guide him. Cutting-edge cars converse with drivers, monitor components, decide what needs fixing, answer almost any question and drive themselves.
The internet of everything will soon drive and fly you around, monitor your health, provide solutions to most problems, operate robots and take charge of daily chores. Your wired home will tell your car or phone that you need butter or soap when you are close to the right store. Your toothbrush app will warn you against applying too much pressure and will arrange visits to your robotic dentist.
ICT will enrich every aspect of daily life. If, that is, bad policies — which are mercifully easy to understand and influence — do not condemn you to the past.
That is why the minister’s response to me is good and bad news. The bad news includes that he misunderstood me. I said there was no proper consultation regarding the latest ICT policy, as required by the Constitution, to which he responded that there was consultation regarding implementation, which is neither the same thing nor required.