We are living in a time in which the pace of technological change seems to outstrip our ability to assess the long-term impacts.
On the one hand, tech brings immense benefits to the way we live, the way we communicate, and the way we work – even the way in which we are treated in hospital. However, trust in tech is not universal, nor unconditional.
Dr Jack Stilgoe, Dr Penny Hundleby, Professor Mark Wickham and Dr Harry Dyer join host, Dr Jamie Gallagher, to unpack why we are suspicious of new tech and whether there is an advantage to being an early adopter.
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Harry is a digital sociologist and educational researcher at the University of East Anglia. His research broadly explores the impact of social media on culture, public knowledge, and education. He serves as Editor of Digital Culture and Education, and is a co-convener of the British Sociological Association’s Digital Sociology Study Group.
Dr Penny Hundleby is a Senior Scientist at the John Innes Centre. She is part of a technology platform that supports both UK and international researchers with access to genetic modification (GM) and gene editing (GE) technologies for the main UK crops. Penny has worked in the area of genetic technologies for over 29 years, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), an Honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Associate Fellow Higher Education (AFHE), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and a Director for the International Society for Plant Molecular Farming (ISPMF).
Mark Wickham is the Director of the Computer Arts and Technology Programme at Norwich University of the Arts, heading up a team across the University's internationally recognised courses in Animation, Animation and Visual Effects, Games Art and Design, Games Development, Creative Computing and Creative Technology. Mark has over 25 years’ experience creating digital art, and is informed by an understanding of technical constraint in computing, combined with an enthusiasm for creative problem solving to enhance production methodologies.
Dr Jamie Gallagher is a science communicator with a background in chemistry. He was one of the Royal Society's 175 faces of chemistry and has appeared on multiple TV programmes and stages extolling his love of chemistry, and in particular, the periodic table. He was the University of Glasgow’s first central engagement lead for science communication.