The promise of technology, the subject of debate on the third day of the Future Congress

This Wednesday morning, in the framework of the third day 2022 Future Congress, experts from various fields discussed “Technology Promise”, discusses the role of digital space in society, how it can contribute in various aspects and what are the dangers.

Among them, the French journalist and essayist Bruno Patino, the author of “Civilization of fish memory”, who thinks that addiction we develop on our phones and screens This is not an inevitability but the result of a business model that forces the network to design instruments permanently to hold our attention longer.

French-German cultural chain editorial director ART and from the highly prestigious SciencesPo School of Journalism, Patino has had a long career in the media, both in the written press, as well as on radio, television and the Internet.

In his presentation, the researcher uncovers the case of pedestrians who are addicted to cellphones and who represent dangers on public roads. In cities like Honolulu, in Hawaii, they don’t joke around with these “zombies on the phone” and they fine those who cross the street looking at the device screen.

According to Patino, the first thing the sanctions for this harmful practice tell us “is that” many of us depend on screens, and, more than anything, depend on the screens of our phones and the social networks we consult on them. screen. .

“The second thing that tells us is that dependence is so great that from time to time it endangers our lives, because we can cross a city street without seeing if a car is coming and if it can damage us fatally,” the journalist said.

“The third thing it tells us is about how we deal with technology issues: We often think that laws, regulations or political decisions are enough to solve problems.”, which is not enough, he added.


In turn, Canadian economists Riel Miller, leader of the UNESCO Global Project on Literacy in the Future, alludes to small conscience that humanity will have to face in the future.

“Today we are dominated by the theme of finding solutions to problems, where the problems we project come from the past and the solutions we create are the ones we already know, and so on. we are stuck in the form of technocratic thinking industrial solutions”the American said in his lecture.

This, according to Miller, is due to the fact that as humans we have a limited imagination, in the sense that we display an enormous capacity to create and imagine through the repetition of past events.

“Given that the changes made in the world are based on the past, we can say that it is wrong. A dictionary 10 years ago is not enough to describe the world today, like a dictionary 10 years from now. year, which does not exist. What happened in between? We create something: what exists changes. The question of how to learn to live together is not just about managing in a static and unchanging world or simply being tolerant and able to understand other people, but about being able to relate to a universe that is constantly producing new things and surprising us”, raised the expert.

The “real challenge”, then, “is to change our relationship by surprise”, he pondered.

During its third day, the Future Congress has as the second block “Disturbing Humanity”, with exhibitors like Alok Sharma, President of COP26 and Member of the United Kingdom Parliament, and Luciana Tenorio, Peruvian architect who has dedicated the last 15 years to aerospace engineering.

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