Smart nation, unwise citizens

As technology assumes greater dominance, so will our reliance on numbers. But caution is called for as figures are not always reliable.

Two unrelated incidents recently reminded me how, in our drive to make Singapore a smart nation, we could end up doing some very unwise things.

The first was a comment from a former student of mine who graduated recently with a first-class degree and then applied for a job at a local bank. After taking a psychological analysis test, he was rejected, with the interviewer telling him: You are better off as a musician. That was a revelation to him as he had never given any thought to being a musician.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2018, with the headline 'Smart nation, unwise citizens'. Print Edition | Subscribe