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What Does the Future Hold? A Critical View of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies and Their Social Consequences

Abstract : This paper provides an overview of emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) that can be expected to become socially relevant in the next 10 to 15 years. It describes the results of a dual discourse analysis of publiccations on emerging ICTs. Sources were, on the one hand, government/policy publications and, on the other, publications by research institutions. This discourse analysis led to the identification of 11 emerging ICTs. For each of these ICTs, defining features were collected. In order to gain a larger scale understanding, the defining features were then regrouped to assess which likely effect they might have on the relationship between humans and their environment. These features are then interpreted and investigated with regard to what they betray about the implied assumptions about individuals, society and technology. The paper ends by critically reflecting the chosen approach and asking how this research can help us develop technology in desirable ways.
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Bernd Stahl. What Does the Future Hold? A Critical View of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies and Their Social Consequences. 1st Working Conference Researching the Future (Future-IS), Jun 2011, Turku, Finland. pp.59-76, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-21364-9_5⟩. ⟨hal-01567983⟩

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