Strand: Tech futures

Developments in technology always have important consequences for society, both intended and unintended. Should we look to technology to solve social and political problems, or should it have a more modest role? In recent years, developments in ‘Big Data’ have been credited with winning elections. Is this a tool to be embraced or a threat to democracy? Might Big Data and other technological advances even be the key to saving the NHS? As more and more of us wear tech on our bodies in the form of fitness gadgets and smart watches, should be worry about the potential for abuse of our data? Technology has always been seen as a threat to jobs – will the new wave render millions of people surplus to requirements? And should we view the eggheads of Silicon Valley as heroes or predators? The strand will be introduced by Geoff Duggan of Pagefield, our strand partners.