Understanding the impact of digital technology
What kinds of digital technologies will emerge in the next 50 years? How can we better understand the impacts of these technologies on society? Is the digital revolution producing a new divide between the arts and sciences?
These were some of the questions being discussed at the sixth Sussex Conversation - on Digital and Social Media - which took place at the Royal Institution on Thursday (24 May).
Chaired by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, the panel included
- Professor Helga Nowotny, President of the European Research Council,
- Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, and
- Tom Rodden, Professor of Interactive Systems at the Mixed Reality Laboratory at the University of Nottingham.
From Sussex, the respondents in the discussion were
- Caroline Bassett, Reader in Digital Media and leader of the Digital and Social Media research theme,
- Dan Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in Informatics, and
- Professor Sally-Jane Norman, Professor of Performance Technologies and Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.
This conversation brought together these computer scientists, , media and cultural theorists, sociologists and artists to explore a range of ideas, including whether the old divide between the ’two cultures’ of art and science is now re-inscribed in digital terms.
Another full house at the Royal Institution joined in the debate, with questions and comments from those present as well as via Twitter from those watching online.