Not only is it bridging the gaps between industries, but also the application of scientific knowledge to machines for practical purposes has yielded previously unseen societal advances, furthered human innovation, and enabled our race to connect across societies and cultures through electronic means.
Perhaps, it's the way we are using technology, rather than its presence that is the problem. Here's why we should embrace technology in the classroom and some exciting ways it's already being harnessed to improve learning experiences.
Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, machine learning and the Internet of Things are shifting the boundaries of how we live, work and govern. Yet, the pace at which we are introducing these new technologies does not match our ability as a nation to acquire the digital skills they demand of us.
The Government's Digital Strategy has huge potential, but we cannot expect a 'one size fits all' approach to digital skills provision to deliver the promise of nobody left behind. Instead, organisations must work collaboratively to create diverse programmes for diverse audiences that are inclusive by design, offering support to the few as well as the many.
Modern technology may be transforming the jobs market, but the challenges remain age-old - we need experience to get experience and ultimately prosper.
The digital age has brought huge benefits to Britain, but new and different challenges too. Our ability as individuals to use digital technology - find and share information, do our shopping, pay our bills and communicate with one another - has grown more quickly than our knowledge of how to do all those things safely.
As the UK's only dedicated tech for good funder, boosting digital skills and encouraging digital inclusion amongst young people is a key part of Nominet Trust's mission. To help fulfil that mission, we work with a range of partners including BAFTA, the Prince Andrew Charitable Trust (PACT), Creative England and Comic Relief, to drive forward creative initiatives aimed at narrowing the digital skills gap, particularly for young people in challenging circumstances.
Investment in traditional providers of digital education, such as schools and universities, is a part of the solution. Yet lifetime skills training while in work is the one pathway for both businesses and the wider economy to match the pace of technological advancement. It's a pace that shows no signs of slowing, and will otherwise leave us behind.
This is what is happening with the UK in terms of the digital economy. We know that the future is digital. We know that a company without a website doesn't get found. It effectively becomes a shop without a window front.
One such example is Bristol-based Bookbarn International, which specialises in second-hand and antiquarian books. The company launched as a physical book store back in 2000, but in 2008 started selling on a website and through eBay as well. Today, it has an annual turnover of £1.2m, with up to 85 per cent of this coming from its online business alone.