Do we need human innovation alongside that of technology?

Innovation and disruption are buzzwords that permeate the space of technology development. Change and progress in the world appear to be focused around developing the next technological tool that will make our lives easier, cheaper and more effective.

However, the most pervasive issues that affect our lives today are of a social, therefore human nature. Inequity, whether it be racial, gender, health or income related, the proliferation of violence, and even successful technological innovation itself all involve the status quo of human relations. After all, aren’t all of these issues reflected in the conversational interactions we have with each other on a daily basis?

Is it about time to turn our attention to the health and innovation of the human interaction in the world in order to fully realise the potential of any of the technological, economic or political advances we are hoping to achieve?