Digital Human: Unintended Consequences

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period13 Jun 2022

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleDigital Human: Unintended Consequences
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBBC Radio 4
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size30 mins
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionAleks Krotoski asks if we've all become techno-fundamentalists, unquestioningly accepting the latest innovation into our lives without thinking about potential downsides.

    Perhaps we could learn from a society who think much more carefully and critically about adopting new technology - the Amish. Unlike what many people believe, it's not that they reject technology outright but they make careful community based decisions about they what they permit. It's a thoughtful, democratic and yes scientific approach. They'll see how a modern innovation effects the community by allowing it to be trialled and if they don’t like what they see, they reject it,

    How many of the negative unintended consequences of digital technology could have been avoided if the rest of us took a page out of their book?
    Producer/AuthorPeter McManus
    PersonsJane Alexander