Technology and Shifting Worldviews

This is an excerpt from one of the presentations featured in the Pari Center’s event Science, Art and the Sacred, in Pari from August 29 to September 4, 2019.

with Ciprian Man

How to Overcome Humanity’s Current and Future Challenges?

What artists and researchers are working on today is set to become the ‘new normal’ in the future. Technology turns their ideas into tangible form and enables new ways of thinking, doing business, and enjoying life, bringing about change on a massive scale.

Today’s challenges are many. Leaders address them through technologies we already have (artificial intelligence, Internet-of-things, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, social and governance platforms, biotechnology) and those we are developing (quantum computing, gene therapy, personalised medicine, nanotechnology).

As part of this workshop, we explore potential futures, understand our choices, and act. We start by examining today’s concurrence of technologies and organisational structures, looking at the impact of disruptive innovation in various areas. Questions arise, such as how can we better prepare for these changes? How do we actively influence them, in order to bring about the future we want?

Generally known as “Chip”, his interests are quite eclectic. After working in academia (business school) in the late ’90s, he became an entrepreneur. He co-founded a marketing agency and later went on to build a technology company. He now wears many hats, among them that of a business angel involved with a number of innovative ventures.

In parallel with working in the tech community, he (still) teaches occasionally, preaching his fascination with exponential organisations. Other important interests include quantum physics (of course), philosophy, the science of yoga, as well as anthropology, psychology (including that edgy blend called transpersonal psychology).