Scientific and Technological Progress: Ethical, Social, and Political Challenges. A unique study conducted by the Open Innovations Forum.
The main theme of the 2015 Open Innovations Forum is Humanity in the Center of the Technological Revolution. The Forum’s organizers will present a unique study of the ethical, social, and political challenges facing humanity’s technological progress.
We are currently witnessing a technological explosion in all areas of life. Society stands on the verge of developing practical ways of modernizing the biological make-up of the human being, creating artificial intelligence, and building global extra-human communications structures. Technology’s effects on the personal and social spheres, and on nations and states, inevitably trigger rejection and meet with resistance. This resistance takes the form of a whole range of limitations and challenges of ethical, political, and social nature, including “destruction challenges” caused by a fear of heightened military technology; “transformation challenges” triggered by drastic social, political, and structural shifts brought on by technology; and “dead-end challenges” caused by the relatively high expense of further research in such fields as space exploration.
The goal of this study is to create the first global database of its kind, showing the ethical, social, and political issues facing the different regions and cultures of the world as a result of technological progress. Since research of this scope can only be conducted with the help of digital linguistic text analysis algorithms, the Forum’s organizers teamed up with ABBYY, a global leader in deep digital text analysis, and FidoLAB, a prominent provider of non-traditional linguistic analysis tools. In all, the study will analyze tens of thousands of publications from around the world concerning the interaction between ethics, politics, and new technologies. Leading international experts in a variety of fields are busy interpreting the results.
The study was put together by a team of people stretching from Tokyo to Los Angeles and from Moscow to Cape Town. It includes Russian and foreign experts in communications, data analysis, and visualization. The research project is headed by Senior Researcher at Novosti Media Lab and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California Vasily Gatov. The study’s expert team includes such internationally renowned academics as MIT Professor Emeritus Loren Graham, Professor at the European University Institute Alexander Etkind, and futurist Gerd Leonhard.
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Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
We are fortunate to be living in this unique and exciting age of global technological revolution. It seems that the world has never undergone such rapid change as now, thanks to innovations which are constantly being introduced into our everyday lives. In fact, technology has become the greatest global resource, more important than any raw material or financial capability. Furthermore, the global technological imbalance between countries presents a greater problem than the economic inequality of the latter part of the 20th century.
Understanding key trends in technology has never been so important, both for individual success and business growth, and for the very future of each and every country. Over the course of just a few years we have seen how the technological revolution has turned the grassroots startups of yesterday into the new leaders of the corporate world, ruthlessly usurping their predecessors. We have also seen how countries considered underperformers just a few decades ago are astutely betting on technology trends and emerging as global leaders, overtaking old elites not only in terms of the pace of economic growth, but also in terms of increasing living standards.
Technological innovations are having a huge effect on all aspects of life, drastically changing how we work, the environment we live in, the health care we have access to, and how we study and relax.
It is for these reasons that we are holding the Open Innovations Forum and Technology Show in Moscow, where participants will have the opportunity to interact with global technology experts, representatives of Russian technology companies, startup communities, scientists and representatives of government and development institutions over the five themed days which make up the conference.
We are holding this event as part of efforts to ensure that Russia becomes a world leader in the technology industry. And that is what we shall achieve, since the technological revolution requires talented people first and foremost, which we have in abundance!
We look forward to seeing you in late October at Open Innovations!