We all use technology. It surrounds us, extends us, connects us. It drives and accelerates change in our increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world.
Think about how you use digital technologies:
- How pervasive are digital technologies in your life?
- What new tech promises most excite you?
- Which most frighten you?
- What about your digital identity and reputation?
- What is most important to you about your digital life?
Back in the pre-digital age, we could talk about you in biological and psychological terms. Add in social relationships too and, yep, that just about described you.
We now live in a physical and digital world. We have smartphone brains and computer-augmented glasses. We’re wired into sensory networks, inside and outside, and we can communicate with billions of others irrespective of distance or time. The physical and digital are interwoven inseparably – that short time when we could talk about being online or offline is long gone.
Maybe we are human in terms of our biology, our psychology and culture, and now our information and our digital interfaces too. And if these are a part of how we now function as people in the world, how we are defined, then we need to know that our information and our interfaces are a part of us, not a part of some other. We need to get what’s going on as intuitively as we know when we’re waving to a friend, sharing a quiet moment of reflection, or ordering lunch.
What tech do you most trust? What tech do you use that you trust least?
Everyone is concerned about keeping themselves and loved ones safe online. Those more familiar with tech have begun to find ways to protect our digital identities, and are often willing to help others who are more vulnerable learn how.
The construction of much of our digital technologies by exclusive groups of people is a problem. People-centered design, or participatory design, is key to trustworthy technology. We need input from people everywhere. You / we can help select Tech We Trust and avoid Tech We Don’t Trust. The tech sector has shown repeatedly that software and services disappear very quickly if a preferred alternative comes along or if a particular product falls out of favor.
What matters most to you about the Digital Life Collective’s purpose? What would you change?
We’re pleased to meet you. Thrilled, in fact! Because for all the talk about tech, it’s the humans in the room that make the Collective come alive. So join today! We’re not the same without you.