Where do human values and emerging technologies connect?

Finding an answer to the above question could be described as one of the most challenging concepts of our time. And we do live in interesting times!

In this moment, different kinds of technologies are developed and improved all around the world. They’re implemented in amazing tools and resources we use every day. Think about smartphones, computers, cars or even fridges. But while we are using the latest technological endeavors, these innovations also influence our own human behavior, our thinking and sometimes even moral beliefs.

How we communicate with each other, how we work and get around are all dictated by technological innovations which occurred in the last few decades. And it is almost certain that even newer technologies will determine the course of our future. Artificial intelligence, internet of things and advanced robots are all hot topics when we think about our own future as human beings. Especially when we envision a future based on changes happening today, where technology is functioning more and more independent.

Are we arriving at a point where technology could be surpassing our own human values and ethics? If so, how can we find out where our human values and emerging technologies connect in order to keep this technological revolution ‘human’?

At Monkeytalk 2018 these questions are raised and debated — in the meantime — we present some inspiring articles which cover the topics of AI, design and ethics.

1) What’s next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author of “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus” elaborates on what lies ahead: an age of algorithms and technology that could see us transformed into “super-humans” with godlike qualities.

2) It’s time to address artificial intelligence’s ethical problems

In order to harness the power of AI for good purposes — a completely new approach to tackling difficult ethical questions should be established. In this article, our responsibility toward the development of AI is examined.

3) What is the future of the web interface?

Here, the future of the web interface is discussed as an intelligent entity which surpasses its role as a visual medium toward a responsive interface which listens, learns and answers back!

4) What will our society look like when artificial intelligence is everywhere?

Five captivating scenarios — based on the writers’ countless interviews with more than a dozen futurists, philosophers, scientists, cultural psychiatrists and tech innovators — describe what could occur in our society in the future. It is 2065 and artificial intelligence is all around us.

5) Ethics, technology and the future of humanity

In this article, a summary is presented of a lecture given by renowned Australian moral philosopher, Peter Singer. In his lecture, he raised a number of thought-provoking questions on ethics, technology and the future of humanity.

Interested in this subject? Get inspired at our upcoming UX event Monkeytalk in Antwerp, December 11th. More info and registration here.