Just To Keep You Thinking

“There is no more powerful force to change every institution than the first generation of digital natives. The world, including business, will hinge on a new set of principles” Don Tapscott

“The internet as a noun has become the internet as a verb. It has become a set of conversations. An era in which user-generated content and social networks became the dominant phenomenon” Philip Evans

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists, and I think that an abstract, digital universe has become part of our identity” Abha Dawesar


“Technology is the seventh kingdom of life. And we have a moral obligation to invent technology so that every person on the globe has the potential to realize their true difference” Kevin Kelly

“If you don’t treat humans as special, if you don’t create some special zones for humans – especially when you are designing [or integrating] technology – you’ll end up dehumanizing the world. And what we have done in the last decade is give information [and data] more rights than are given to people” Jaron Lanier

“The greatest task before civilisation at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men” Havelock Elis

1220HSL | Lecture Three – Can Technology Save Us?
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17 Jul Lecture Three – Can Technology Save Us?

Hi Guys. I have uploaded some content and links under the ‘Lectures Page’ to get you thinking for this week’s lecture – ‘Lecture Three – Can Technology Save Us?’.  Lecture Three is where we start to question the technological utopia Kelly, Evans, and Tapscott seem to set up. We will discuss where the real digital revolution may lie, the concept of risk, the darker side of the internet, and whether technology really has the capacity to save us at all. We will discuss automation, abundance, that no employment sector will be immune to technologically driven automation over the coming decades, and the challenges we face as a result will be both direct – and mortal to both capitalism and democracy, the risks associated with social networks, what it means to be born with inbuilt human SEO, the impact of being ‘naked’ on the Internet, the good the bad and the ugly side of virtual sock-puppets, what ‘Dark Matter’ and the ‘Dark Wallet’ is and what path they may be leading us down, and lastly – which will lead into the following week, a discussion on whether technology should have any say on the ongoing question of humanity. Like always I have a few things I want you to check out in advance. TED Talks delivered by Alessandro Acquisiti and James Lyne on ‘online risk’, (Acquisiti’s is really good), an article by Roisin Kiberd on the ‘fappening’, and article by Charles Seife on ‘sockpuppets’, and an article by Andy Greenberg on ‘dark matter and dark wallet’. No rush just check it out when you get a chance.

And always feel free to speak your mind in the lectures guys – offer your opinion – you have one – I can sense it. Throw it out there.

Talk soon. Jason

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