Embrace disruptive technology and make it work for S'pore

It is noteworthy that The Straits Times used its front page on Monday to honour disruptors as well as highlight the protectionism trend ("PM: Rising global discontent will affect stability, security").

Disruptive technology is unsettling Singapore, but it also brings benefits to our society. Therefore, the answer is not to run away from disruption but to embrace disruptive technology and turn it to our advantage.

For example, Grab Taxi isn't just benefiting consumers with more choice and efficient pricing. It is also benefiting drivers. Its technology makes it easier to book taxis, route rides and collect payment. This makes driving a taxi more efficient and productive.

We should be looking for more win-win solutions in which both consumers and workers benefit from the same technology.

Disruption has a negative connotation that is a misnomer for what technologists, like those honoured by ST, do.

I prefer to call them enablers of advancement, not disruptors.

Soo Mae Lyn (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2016, with the headline 'Embrace disruptive technology and make it work for S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe