Closing Plenary Session. Humanity in a High-Tech World, to Thrive or Survive
The personal experience of being human in a world increasingly dominated by Emerging technologies is the defining new challenge of our age. Created by humans, technology has already brought great advances to society, helping to empower millions of people around the world and lifting them out of poverty. Yet as this same technology becomes ever more sophisticated, the lines between what is “tech” and what is “human” are becoming increasingly merged – first it was computers and internet and then smart phones and even watches that kept us “always online” in interconnected global world; now people are experimenting with implanting chips in their bodies, while robots and artificial intelligence are increasingly seen as the “future of work”.
Questions for discussion:
Is humanity itself now under threat, and if so how can we safe a “life space” for humanity?
Is it desirable, or even possible, to put the genie back in the bottle?
Is it time to declare a worldwide campaign to “save the human”?
ROB VAN KRANENBURG, Co-Founder of Bricolabs and the Founder of Council, largest independent #IoT Thinktank