The Need for Humane Tech

11:45am - 12:30pm, Thursday 24th October 2019

Some thoughts on a new way, a better future - where we can take the somewhat nefarious way that companies like Alexa and Amazon can track us and gather data and use this for a more humane and inclusive web and digital world.

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The main driver for the session is to discuss how (more than ever) we need to create technology that is not just focused on humans, but is humane.

I’ll start by looking at how we have ended up using (and designing) technology which constrains and manipulates behaviour. Also at how getting stuff for free online (maps, music, social media etc.) has been the most expensive cost to humans for around 75 years. Also how we are moving towards businesses such as Facebook and Google knowing us better than we really know ourselves. We’ll also look at how this creation of addictive tech could impact individuals,
businesses and society over the next few years.

We’ll look at some practical ‘in-humane’ examples that can be easily overlooked (such as from Netflix, Uber and booking.com) and also specifically at Amazon and how Alexa is not (and never was seen as) a voice tool to make life easier but rather a data gathering mechanism. We’ll also look to have an open discussion on everyone’s thoughts – positive and negative on the influence of tech and what we think should and can be done.

Finally, I'll present some thoughts on a new way, a better future - where we can take the somewhat nefarious way that these companies track us and gather data and use this for a more humane and inclusive web and digital world. I'll highlight this with practical examples of businesses that are making a success out of turning data stalking into data enablement.

When

11:45am - 12:30pm, Thursday 24th October 2019

Where

15 New Bond Street, Bath, BA1 1BA

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BDF2019 Festivial hub - Event space

15 New Bond Street, Bath, BA1 1BA

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