Using Futuristic Scenarios for an Interdisciplinary Discussion on the Feasibility and Implications of Technology
In the last decade, digital technologies have been increasingly adopted in everyday life, particularly in Western societies with the growing mass production of ever more “smart” gadgets such as smartphones, activity trackers, and voice assistants, just to name a few. Moreover, state governance has been increasingly reliant on digital technology to promote security especially following the tragic events of September 11th. 1 Particularly, Snowden’s revelations in the summer of 2013 exposed the extensive state surveillance via devices both related to security purposes such as CCTV cameras, but also personal ones such as phones and laptops. The wide use and reliance on digital technologies especially with the advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in a “surveillance culture” 2 with technologies being celebrated as an inherent part of digital modernity and as the only efficient way of governance. 3 In this context, the ethical and societal risks emerging from the asymmetric power relations in the so-called digital era and the potential mis (ab-) use of technology have been disregarded. 4 Furthermore, the discussion over the surveillant aspects of technology tend to focus on privacy mainly within well-known but rather of limited use metaphors such as Big Brother.
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Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory, Angela M. Cirucci, Barry Vacker (eds), Rowman & Littlefield
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
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