The development of new technologies is continuously changing our lives in many ways. It is unlikely that the changes that new technologies can bring about in the 2000s will be less critical to our way of life than the ones that were developed during the 1900s. Following the development of new technologies is of great importance when trying to understand how we shape our future.
The combination of large amounts of data (big data), powerful computers, and artificial intelligence (AI) opens up lots of opportunities that can affect all parts of our lives – how we work, travel, and take care of our homes and our health. New technologies can also adjust our physical, cognitive, and affective abilities as humans.
Part of our research in this area is concerned about how information technology can be used in healthcare to increase the level of health and to ensure that health interventions are distributed equally in the population. However, we are also concerned with the question of what to think about the use of new technologies. We already know that the use of new technologies can lead to changes that will not benefit everyone, and in some cases even pose a threat to our existence. How can we better judge the potential risks of new technologies?