Strand: Technology and society

While we generally welcome new technology and the possibilities that it brings, new capabilities throw up practical challenges and moral dilemmas. The rise of social media has led to criticism of its impact on young people. Are Facebook and Instagram depriving our youth of valuable face-to-face interactions while creating a variety of pressures, from the competition for likes and shares to worries about body image? Drone technology has brought stunning aerial photography to the masses - but will fears about safety or privacy restrict its application across society? Should we be celebrating the possibilities of artificial intelligence across a wide range of field or worrying about the potential for job losses and other forms of social dislocation? Then there is perhaps the biggest question of all: what does it mean to be human when we use technology to enhance ourselves?