By: Victoria Campbell, Jacqueline Capossela, Sophie Gangi, Carley Germain, Deja Nelson, Akachukwu Nwosu, Andy Ma, Shweta Sinha, Jeremy Soto, Daena Vautor-Laplaceliere, et al.
This blog post is a co-authored reflection of the course Media Governance (ICM835)
Today, when experts discuss the future of technology governance, they often refer to the term singularity (e.g., Shellko, 2014). While also indicating the rapid, exponential, and continuous development of technology: computers will exceed humans in intelligence, and humans “merging” with computers. When singularity takes place, the distinction between the physical world and virtual technology has been overcome (ibid.).
Yet, will our technology future be a utopia or dystopia realized? What can we learn from current cutting-edge innovations about what could be possible in the future? This blog post discusses some promising and worrying trends with examples of existing technology and points to some governance challenges that might be ahead of us.