Seeds of Change 2021 Day 4: Mastered by Technology?

By JubileeCentre 30 Nov 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in an acceleration in the adoption of technology. From basic services - such as online grocery shopping, Amazon deliveries, Zoom conferencing, FaceTime and Deliveroo - to the rapid rise of personalised digital services - including online GP appointments, Covid test QR codes, and even vaccination passports - we are witnessing the rapid digitisation of life, changing public consciousness, and acceptance of new technologies in the last two years. Where is this breakneck innovation leading us?

In this session we shed light on three specific areas of interest in this new world: health and data, Surveillance Capitalism, and avenues for practical action. These avenues look at institutional reform, as well as changing our habits to develop a ‘rule of life’ that ensures we are the masters of our technology, not the other way round.

You can find other videos from the 2021 Seeds of Change conference here.

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