Are we being overtaken by digital technology?

The MIT commencement speech by Tim Cook is food for thought for many of us, and especially for those seeking professional growth.

It is certainly not easy to adapt ourselves to the compelling, continuing and rapid changes caused by digital technology in many aspects of our everyday lives and this also applies to our profession, demanding from us the ability to adapt and exploit these resources to the fullest. Moreover, we are now called to dominate a technology that is growing less and less docile and hides dangers from which we have to defend ourselves. I am thinking about how fashionable it is now to share our work with groups and pages on social networks, where cases are reported and discussed. In this background, it may occur that the case a colleague is boasting of on Facebook (or any other social network) turns out to be a fake, manipulated with Photoshop. In this way some members of the dental profession have tried to increase their popularity in the attempt to become influencers on social media like any popular blogger. Such use of technology is not science nor research, it is only personal interest and delusion of grandeur.

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