Workshop (2h): Towards a digital utopia
Exploring digital utopias for the greater good.
In this workshop, participants are animated to engage in a macro-view of technology and political discourse. How do we steer techno-social progress away from dystopian futures towards a digital utopia?
When we talk about the digital future of society, the conversation often drifts off into bleak, dystopian scenarios: total surveillance, tech giants leeching on our personal data and ubiquitous control enabled by Artificial Intelligence.
But we refuse to believe that this is what the future has in store for us. As Erik Reece, Author of Utopia Drive, puts it: “…things will only get worse if we don’t engage in some serious utopian thinking.” And that is exactly what we (Francesca Giardina from Operation Libero and Nikki Böhler from Opendata.ch) would like to instil in and practice with the participants - serious utopian thinking about techno-social change. We believe that the participants at VIScon will be uniquely challenged by this task, as it means zooming out of the code and re-focussing on the potential impact of their skills and talents on society.