Hybrid Matters Symposium

Rasmussen, S. (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


The brave new world of living and intelligent Technologies Abstract: Novel living and intelligent technologies, spearheaded by digitalization, are fundamentally transforming our economy and how we live. These changes are making our industrial based narratives about the world obsolete. To understand what is happing in the world and what the future might bring to citizens, business and governance, we need new narratives to make sense of the emerging reality. To position us for the future, we need to understand the possibilities and challenges from the cutting edge of the converging bio-, info-, nano-, cogno (BINC) technologies as these are at the center of the ongoing transformation. A critical part of developing new narratives is to understand how to develop and implement BINC technologies directed toward the common good. The most disruptive force of the BINC transition looming on the horizon is mass structural unemployment because machines will increasingly make human labor obsolete. As this process develops, we will see relative marginal production costs decreasing at an exponential rate. This will force everyone to rethink the fundamentals of land, labor and capital that laid the foundation of our industrial thinking. It is imperative that citizens, academia, industry, policymakers, artists, and media come together to rewrite the rules of the road for a world that works for everyone. It is still an open question whether the current technology driven transformation is a 4th Industrial Revolution or is more drastic and akin to what we experienced moving from an agricultural to an industry based society. A significant part of the scientific community leans toward the latter. Our collective institutions, including the rule of law, the concept of human rights, political, financial and educational systems – including our worldview – are products of the industrial age. We are brought up to trust these industrial age narratives and use them to navigate society, our economy, as individuals. However, as reality changes, these narratives must change too. If we actively take part in shaping these changes, we will better be able to comprehend and partly control the brave new post-industrial world. If we don’t engage, somebody else will decide for us. In the presentation we’ll review the cutting edge of the converging BINC technologies through selected concrete examples: Can we make self-replicating artificial systems? What can artificial intelligence do today? What does open source hardware and software mean? What might be possible in the near future? From these insights we can identify some of the main challenges and opportunities. Further, we can identify where to look for empirical indicators to characterize the primary BINC mechanisms, drivers and systems. Finally, I’ll touch on some of the big current issues: (1) The Internet, big data, fair markets, monopoly, privacy, and cybersecurity. (2) Automation, democratization of material production and our approach to zero marginal production costs. (3) Three business organizations: traditional, communal & proprietary networks - when to chose which? (4) Regional BINC experiments: public-private-citizen partnership for governance; sustainability; drones & self-driving cars; democratic IT infrastructure; basic income; new school/business curricula. (5) Ideologies about the free market and neoliberalism, echo chambers, postfactural culture, and the new BINC narratives.
Period24. Nov 2016
Event titleHybrid Matters Symposium: bioartsociety
Event typeConference
LocationHelsinki, Finland