Technological progress is one of the most important drivers of change and growth in our society
Technology creates new opportunities, and new ways to solve old problems. Technology increases productivity and liberates people from laborious, boring and dangerous work. However, new technology may also create new problems: unemployment, climate change, pollution, terrorist weapons, new areas of public spending, and ethical dilemmas.
Below you can browse our technology-related articles, publications and client cases.
Should we worry about quantum computers?
Quantum computers will soon be here – and this gives rise to concern among several experts. Quantum computers, you see, may potentially solve mathematical problems in seconds that it would take ordinary computers billions of years to handle. One example is breaking the sort of encryption that now protects our private communication, not to mention monetary transactions. Your privacy and your life savings may be at risk, so should you worry?
Robot utopia or robot dystopia?
We are at the leading edge of a massive wave of automation. Human labour is being replaced by robots and computers on a large scale, and machine labour becomes increasingly competitive. If the trend continues, most of the work we do today – and much else – will be done by machines. The question is what sort of future this will give rise to.
In the future, you will not have to go through the trouble of finding a partner yourself: that’s what algorithms are for. Researchers are working on a range of methods and technologies that can measure if you and your date are on the same wavelength – literally – by way of biometrical data about your body and brain. The big question will be where we draw the boundaries for what the predictive algorithm of love should decide.
Why doesn't automation lead to higher productivity?
An employee or company can produce more per work hour by using automation and technological aids than without this technology. Thus, we ought to see growing productivity today, in a time characterised by rapid technological advances. This, however is not the case. On the contrary, productivity in Western countries has stagnated in the last 15 years or so. What is the explanation?
Steering clear of catastrophe
At the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk in Cambridge, top researchers study the global threats that can wipe out civilisation. On the occasion of his new book, SCENARIO has interviewed the centre’s co-founder Martin Rees, about existential risks and the long-term future of humanity.
This excerpt from the CIFS report Smart Society: How AI and Robots Will Change the World looks at the broad societal implications of intelligent information technologies such as digital assistants, mixed reality and neural interfaces.