Tech & Humanity

The 21st century has ushered in a new age where all aspects of our lives are impacted by technology. We are seeing radical breakthroughs: from individualized learning or health care, to microloans and the sharing economy – examples abound of how technology radically improves our lives. Yet the same technological advances also confront humanity with fundamental challenges. For example, technology has the power to curtail hard-won civil rights through unprecedented levels of surveillance. It can also be used to further embed bias and discrimination through opaque algorithms. Countless questions of ethics, moral, empathy, power, agency and control emerge.  

A few urgent questions arise amidst this fast- paced and disruptive change:  How will humanity anticipate, mitigate, and manage the consequences of technology? What are the ethical and philosophical frameworks around AI and technology? And, as younger and future generations become digital natives, what does digital citizenship entail? 

Next Now: Tech & Humanity aims to change the course of history by uniting leaders behind audacious goals that bring humanity and technology to a new equilibrium. Together, this ecosystem of visionary changemakers will shape the future of technology and the digital world for the good of all. A future in which no one gets left behind.  

In the coming months, the Next Now/Tech team will be assembling a team of visionary co-creators who will shape an ambitious vision for the field and narrow in on an initial set of audacious goals to team up around. Stay tuned for more details.



Ashoka Fellow Helena Puig Larrauri co-founded the peace-building organization Build Up, which works with NGOs, UN agencies, and multilateral organizations all over the world to use technology to strengthen the social fabric between citizens.

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Regi Wahyu is a data-entrepreneur transforming smallholder farming in Indonesia and beyond. He is the co-founder of HARA and an Ashoka Fellow since 2018. We spoke to him as part of our series on the future of Planet & Climate. Read about it on

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Ashoka Fellow Sharon Terry looks back at 25 years of impact — that led her from being a homeschooling mom to a genetic researcher and global health leader. Read the full interview on

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In 2018, Ashoka signaled a rise in scipreneurship – where scientists have begun to employ entrepreneurial strategies to combat fake news and promote the understanding and influence of science on the general public. This year’s Fellows continue to devise solutions that help us to understand the complexity of the world we live in.

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Ronaldo Lemos - internationally renowned Brazilian lawyer and creator of Brazil's framework for the internet - reflects on the future of the web and how to make sure it works for all He is an Ashoka Fellow and social entrepreneur, and was recently named a member of Facebook’s new Oversight Board. Read the full interview on Forbes.