Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet - EUopSTART - Nature of current technology disruption

Project: Research

Project Details


We help to increase the engagement of Danish research and development institutions in European research and innovation network.

Understanding the nature of our ongoing technological disruption is of critical importance for the Danish society.

Currently our physical (BINC) technologies evolve rapidly away for our social technologies, which include governance, laws, educational system and social norms. This means that one the one hand we need to be careful about how we implement new physical technologies and on the other hand we need to update our social technologies so that the match our new reality.

The main goal of the proposed project is to develop a more precise "lay of the land" of the ongoing technological disruption. Such new insights will be og great value for business, public organisations as well as citizens.

Layman's description

Throughout history, the emergence of new technologies, especially those that change our means of production and ability to communicate, have consistently transformed society. Spearheaded by digitization, followed by emerging living and intelligent technologies, our world is currently being transformed into something we have difficulty imagining. The transition is likely similar in scale to what we experienced moving from an agricultural to an industrial society, but it is occurring at a faster pace, and the changes are more profound.

Our collective institutions, including the rule of law, the concept of human rights, political, financial and educational systems – and even our worldview– are products of the industrial age. These industrial age narratives are what we learn and use to navigate society, and our economy, as individuals. These narratives are now changing. If we adapt to these changes, but also shape them, we will be able to control and comprehend the post-industrial world.

We propose to do two things: 1) Investigate the cutting edge of the ecology of technologies, including the bio-, info-, nano-, cogno (BINC) technologies, in order to identify and qualify both challenges and opportunities for society, with the aim of positioning Europe as the world leader in developing and adopting beneficial BINC technologies directed toward the common good, and 2) Study the many facets of how these technologies transform individuals and society. To do this we will identify and document leading empirical indicators and characterize the primary mechanisms, drivers and systems of BINC technologies. We propose to explore in a science-policymaker-business-citizen conversation how new policies could be implemented - based on the world as it is likely to become - and not as the world once was. Finally, a connection to new narratives in culture and art will be developed exploring the way these narratives shape how we as humans see and understand the world.
Effective start/end date29/05/201727/09/2017