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Technology and Social Imagination

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Technology and Social Imagination

How to imagine a livable world by designing and debating technologies

Technology is not simply an object of engineering design and business calculation. It permeates our personal and social lives. As we design and use technology, we also imagine a society. Our relationship with technology is something that needs to be morally thought through, socially negotiated, politically debated, and culturally assimilated. Our decisions on when, where, why, and how people will interact with technology affect the ways we interact with each other and our society is governed. We redefine education when we put tablet PCs and Internet connections in classrooms without necessarily increasing human interactions between teachers and students. We reformulate medicine and welfare when we replace human caregivers in healthcare and elderly-care facilities with robots of human and animal forms. We redesign democracy when we substitute communication technologies of mobile voting for human presence and paper ballots. We reignite debates about human rights and privacy when we track mobile phone signals and credit card data to prevent the spread of an epidemic. These are complex and difficult issues and they are deeply connected with important policy discussions in education, healthcare, welfare, law, and politics. Technology and Social Imagination Research Group aims to enrich public discussion on how to engage with technologies in imagining better societies.

Project

  • - The Learning Machine: EdTech and the Transformation of the Classroom

    - Testing Futures: Energy Experiments, Infrastructures, and Policies on Jeju Island

    - Situating Robots in the Human World: Disaster, Care, and Delivery Robots

    - Territorial Science: How the State Produces Knowledge about Itself

    - Face Recognition Technology and the Boundary of Humanness

    - Humatic Walking: Paraplegics and Exoskeleton Robots in the Cybathlon Competition

    - Smart Citizens in Smart Cities? A Case Study in Sejong