A Critical Discussion of Some Current and Future Developments of IT

Hermann Maurer*, Namik Delilovic

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In this paper we discuss briefly a few aspects of some of the exciting new developments in information technology. We argue that most of ongoing activities and visions (if they become reality) are quite ambivalent: With positive and negative effects, with nobody really able to make credible forecasts. In Sect. 1, we first mention five issues. Three involve ongoing activities which are suffering from drawbacks that one could improve and that are totally overlooked by the community. The other two issues are major topics of IT today: Artificial intelligence and big data and analysis of big data. Those 5 issues will be discussed more thoroughly in Sect. 2. In the remainder of Sect. 1 we look at a plethora of other IT issues that we do not follow up in depth. We conclude this paper in a very short Sect. 3 by warning IT specialists no to overestimate the importance of IT vs. other subject areas: They may influence mankind as much or even more than IT.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystems, Software and Services Process Improvement - 26th European Conference, EuroSPI 2019, Proceedings
EditorsAlastair Walker, Rory V. O’Connor, Richard Messnarz
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030280048
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event26th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: EuroSPI 2019 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sept 201920 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference26th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big data
  • Digital libraries
  • Web improvements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

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