I’ve spoken before about the idea of human scale, and I think that’s where we need to be focussed. Digital technology has really suffered from it’s obsession with massification, but for me the future is about restoring the human scale. It’s about ensuring intimate human relationships and connections can occur, and occur without the need for proximity or being in the same locale or the same school, but that we can connect more wholly online. That we use the power of digital technology to shrink the physical distance but also the distance between the physical and what we now call the “virtual”. That we can do this in a way that ensures it’s accessible and you don’t need vast sums of money for devices and infrastructure.
What I hope is that we create new ways to find the others and that we can connect in deep in meaningful ways online through dialogue and conversation more nuanced and respectful than what’s possible today. That’s the future of technology for me.
We need to take a step back and rediscover ourselves within the tangle mess of wires, lies, hate and bullshit. We need to push back on what we have and reestablish the humane nature of technology. At the moment it is so foreign and used in ways that are truly inhumane, which seems entirely at odds with the aims of technology and quest for progress.