Special Issue "The Impact of Digitalization on the Quality of Life"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Yury Klochkov
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Monitoring Center of Science and Education, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg 195251, Russia
Interests: methods of standardization and quality management; qualimetric assessment of quality; total quality management
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Dear Colleagues,

The main trend of the modern scientific and technical society is the integration of the technosphere, biosphere, and the virtual (digital) world. Currently, the "best-in-class" term is used, which is always associated with a specific period of time and technology, which shows the high product quality dynamics. The obsolescence of a product occurs much faster than its physical aging. Product reliability numbers and the theory of reliability itself are changing, due to both new technologies and consumption velocity. Digital twins and end-to-end technologies are becoming the drivers of sustainable development. Today, thanks to digitalization, manufacturing systems have not only one but several solutions to meet requirements. In fact, techniques have been modeled and found to guarantee the sustainable development of products, companies, and industries, taking into account a huge number of factors that reduce the impact of uncertainty on business. On the one hand, there is an increased need for professionalism and highly intelligent personnel, which helps to support global competition among employees, and, on the other hand, there is a redistribution of specialties and areas of training and staff reduction. People can communicate online at any time, but, there has been a dramatic reduction in interpersonal contacts; personal contact with teachers, doctors, and specialists is becoming a luxury that not everyone can afford. Digitalization allows us to take into account a large number of risks, solve crimes, analyze the characteristics of each person, but, at the same, time there is a technical possibility of total control. The issue of human freedom, independence, and personal space has become pertinent. On the other hand, these technologies make dreams come true: the first kick at the 2014 World Cup was kicked by a disabled with paralyzed legs. Pinto operated a mechanical leg mentally, with the help of an exoskeleton created at Duke University (USA). The exoskeleton is operated by a helmet that reads brain signals. For this Special Issue, authors are encouraged to consider how digitalization affects quality of life, what kind of new opportunities, risks, and problems may arise for people, the way the economy will change, the trends of education that will arise, and what kind of specialists will be in demand.

Dr. Yury Klochkov
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • quality of life
  • digitalization
  • reliability
  • sustainable development

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How to Make Digitalization Better Serve an Increasing Quality of Life?
Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 611; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020611 - 11 Jan 2021
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Modern people live in the era of knowledge and digitalization supposed to increase their quality of life. Nevertheless, digital technologies are only the instruments in the development and transformation of social-economic processes and their usage per se does not ensure only positive effects, [...] Read more.
Modern people live in the era of knowledge and digitalization supposed to increase their quality of life. Nevertheless, digital technologies are only the instruments in the development and transformation of social-economic processes and their usage per se does not ensure only positive effects, which much depends on goals, conditions, institutes, etc. Thus, digitalization has an unambiguous influence on many social-economic processes and needs a wise policy to provide smooth progress and well-being for everybody. This study aims to design and test appropriate tools for managing digitalization to direct this process on increasing the quality of life. For this purpose we analyzed: (1) correlation to identify interrelations between digitalization and quality of life; (2) the potential of using the visualization matrix method to identify and monitor national trends of digitalization in the context of quality of life. We found: (1) close correlation between subjective and objective indicators of quality of life and between the quality of life and digitalization; (2) the two-dimensional matrix turned out to be a relevant visual tool that embraces specific two-way relationships between human development and digitalization. In combination with statistical and qualitative methods, this tool has wide prospects for managing digitalization in the context of social progress and increasing quality of life. Full article
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Can Digital Transformation Solve the Problem of Arctic Youth Migration Outflow?
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10685; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410685 - 21 Dec 2020
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Youth educational migration is an urgent problem for most Arctic cities. In particular, this problem is extremely important for Russia in the context of changing the paradigm of the planned development of the Arctic oil and gas economy into indefinite long-term prospects and [...] Read more.
Youth educational migration is an urgent problem for most Arctic cities. In particular, this problem is extremely important for Russia in the context of changing the paradigm of the planned development of the Arctic oil and gas economy into indefinite long-term prospects and scenarios of Arctic development. This situation led to reducing social-economic northern benefits and compensations and strengthens the trends of Arctic youth educational migration. However, the experience of digital transformation and forced distance learning due to the pandemic of 2020 could bring young people a new understanding of the opportunities of digitalization, influencing their migration decisions. To clarify the potential of digital technologies in solving the problem of youth migration outflow in the Russian Arctic, we surveyed the students at technical schools and colleges of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous area, Russia; sample size 1532 students in total. The analysis of the survey’s results proved the intention of most respondents to move to larger cities in non-Arctic territories. Together with that, we revealed a high potential of digital technologies in addressing the problem of youth migration which was previously considered unsolvable. In particular, the accessibility of quality distance education can sufficiently increase the attractiveness of Arctic territories for youth life, study, and development. Basing on the research results, we suppose that Arctic youth migration outflow can be sufficiently decreased if the measures proposed in the research are implemented with the help of digitalization. Full article
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