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.


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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.

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Richard Whitt is the founder of GLIAnet. Konstanze Frischen spoke to him about a new vision for the internet. What if users, not companies, can set the terms of engagement on the Internet?