Learning as an investment for the knowledge, which is not only a Google inquiry away: Who is Markus Götz?

Markus Götz was born in Böblingen in 1991. After secondary school, he completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter.

Afterwards the secondary school and the vocational baccalaureate took place on the second educational path. Later, the business information technology graduate obtained his bachelor’s degree in Reutlingen and master’s degree in Stuttgart.

During his studies, he spent a semester abroad in South Africa. Today he works as a cloud software engineer and as a freelance SEO and online marketing consultant. His passion is to combine both vocations and advise craftsmen on digitization.

What drives you, Mark?

In life, what drives me most is how we can improve the lives of society through innovation.

Since digitalization will change the world like no other development before, education is the most rewarding field for me.

I believe that learning is the best investment for everyone.

In doing so, I assume that the educational pathway will develop over many steps away from study and from so-called bulimia learning to a learning-on-demand.

As a computer scientist, I am already concerned that new technologies that have not yet had a place in my studies are learned when they are needed.

For this I have a broad knowledge of historical interpretations, supposed world literature, which never interested me and other things that I would like to forget.

For future generations, I hope that the education system will change radically.

Everything that’s just a Google request away, you don’t have to know by heart. What insurance you need, what you have to pay for taxes, or how algorithms that increasingly determine our lives work, on the other hand, would be helpful information.

This is probably one of the most exciting questions ever. On the one hand, there are professions today, such as social media managers or influencers, that no one thought of 10 years ago. On the other hand, Google has built the first quantum computer, according to its own statements. The computing power is unbelievable – even if it is only aimed at a rather theoretical problem at the moment.

Elon Musk wants to use Starlink satellites to supply the whole world with Wi-Fi, all of which will accelerate digitization to a level that we cannot imagine today.

The central question will be whether humanity still has to work to finance its livelihood, or whether everything is better done by machines anyway. And – who finances people’s living expenses?

Will there be some kind of robot tax that finances an unconditional basic income? We as a society need to deal with all these issues and find solutions.

At the moment, I am still opposed to an unconditional basic income, because I believe that it takes the incentive to perform and is simply not fully affordable.

And if it were affordable, the prices of rents and other living costs would rise, so it would no longer be of any use.

At some point, however, we will definitely need it to finance the lives of people for which there is no work left.

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