Understanding the digital revolution through human evolution, thank you to Professor Pascal Picq, paleoanthropologist at the College of France, for his conference "From Homo erectus to Homo numericus"

Montpellier BS had the great pleasure, on May the 12th, to host a conference with Professor Pascal Picq, paleoanthropologist at the Collège de France, whose research focuses on the morphological and social changes of the human lineage in the context of modern theories of evolution. In front of a room full of enthusiasts, he explained one of the biggest changes in the history of evolution: the digital revolution.

Darwin’s theory of evolution does not only address the first human species, they seek to find out the context of the change and how they were able to survive and adapt to their environment.

"By applying these theories to the world of business and commerce, we realize that the principle is the same," says Professor Pascal Picq. "Bartering was used thousands years ago, then money arrived... trade has always existed. And it is progress and culture which led us to today’s technological transformation! Evolution never stops, we co-operate and interact constantly with other living organisms, which contribute to the changes. Technology is part of the adaptation and metamorphosis. "

"Progress is a magical combination of an inventor with an idea and an entrepreneur who can implement it! It is wrong to think that IoT is the future. It is already there and we are already seeing its impact on centuries-old jobs such as agriculture and construction. Today, farmers have machines able to seed each cereal grain each 15 cm and watering systems that take into account the dryness of the soil and the air temperature! "

To the question: “what will tomorrow's world look like?” Professor Picq has obviously an answer. "Nobody knows because this change is unconscious ... Today, companies recruit primarily employees with the potential to evolve into a world that no one knows because we are living it. Companies that will not have been involved in the digitalization will no longer exist by 2020 because we entered a new era that no one knows the limits. "

What are the consequences of what we are experiencing? "For three generations, young people take ownership of technologies and means of production that elderly people have less well mastered. And this is the first time in the history of evolution that young people will teach to seniors, and again it is a revolution! Success will definitely come from an inter-generational collaboration. Attitudes have changed! Young people want meaning and values and I believe they are right. "

Students and professors from Montpellier Business School thank Professor Pascal Picq for sharing his ideas!