Over the past 40 years we have witnessed exponential growth of the integration of technology into our lives, computing efficiency, AI development.
Some see it as a threat to the autonomy of the human beings, some see it as an important change in our lives in order to reach “our ultimate selves”.
In March the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times - Thomas Friedman held a talk in Chicago discussing his newest book “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Acceleration.” Throughout the book Friedman talks about the dangers of technology, the increase in global warming and the straining of geopolitical tensions due to globalization. Friedman supports the idea of people slowing down and confronting existing obsessions with technology. There is no point in catching up with technology, this will only make it stronger.
Friedman represents one side of the “technology progress” debate, concerned with the speed with which technology is entering our lives.
Future Tech Lab on the other hand, believes in the need to bridge fashion and science to create a sustainable future. Miroslava Duma, founder and CEO of FTL, recently talked about the need to create luxurious wearables: “What we are talking about is wearable tech: algorithms and microscopes embedded in fibres and fabrics that can solve a lot of problems the iPhone does. In the future you will wear the technology, and it will do the same things for you”.