Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Dr. Mick Walters, University of Hertfordshire
Future predictions of the impact on our lives of new technologies are often very optimistic: a wonderful world of plenty, robot servants and increased leisure for everyone to enjoy! While it is entirely possible that these optimistic predictions may eventually come to pass, the nearest comparable events in human history are the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. The history of these previous revolutions in production indicates that many, if not a majority, of the population will be excluded from enjoying these benefits as they will simply not have the income to afford them. The immediate effects of both of these revolutions were anything but benign, and caused much suffering to the general population. Therefore, why should the current Digital revolution be any different?
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