Technology & Innovation

We are living in a state of constant technological revolution, and have been for most of the past century, with the pace of progress seeming to increase each year.

Now, even as we sit in a magnetically propelled 600km/h L0 Maglev, we must realize that we cannot outrun the repercussions of our progress. Technology is reshaping the way we learn, the way we handle business, and the way we interact with one another. More importantly, it is challenging the very concepts our society is built upon. One of these fundamental ideas is freedom.

China presents a key example of a state using technological innovation to pursue various initiatives, including establishing a system of social credit scores and using a technological police state to subjugate its Uyghur minority. Meanwhile, Kashmir is the most recent example of a government implementing an information blackout to prevent the use of social media. Governments closer to home are also affected by today’s technology, with democratic processes adversely affected by foreign cyber interference, rampant misinformation, and online echo-chambers. Some of the world’s largest corporations aggregate more data than ever to analyse our habits in order to influence our behaviour. The EU’s most recent attempt of internet regulation, the EUCD, is marred with controversy. Governments around the world have struggled to implement effective regulations, often at the expense of individual liberties for their citizens. Therefore, in the first term, we will analyze and recalibrate the meaning of freedom in our modern context of constant surveillance.

In the second term, our research will focus on life beyond humanity. Artificial intelligence (AI) and mechanical automation is set to render almost 50% of jobs obsolete in the next few decades. However, a majority of companies report they do not have adequate labour, technological capacities, or sufficient understanding of these technologies to properly implement AI. Alongside this, gene editing is becoming more of a reality with technologies such as CRISPR on the verge of being able to alter our physical forms. As these technologies evolve, the gap between reality and law will only grow. Therefore as a PC, we want to explore potential paths for these technologies to be used, as well as ways important ethical and societal dilemmas can be reconciled.

This is the inaugural year for the Technology and Innovation Policy Centre, so our team looks forward to your participation in the Think Tank to help shape our direction. If you have any ideas or would like to contribute do not hesitate to contact us at policycentre@kingsthinktank.org.

Bartlomiej Mozdzen
Director, Technology & Innovation Policy Centre

Our Policy Centre:

Patrycja Jasiurska

Director

I am a third year Philosophy Politics and Economics student from Poland. I am interested in political philosophy, multilateral diplomacy, economic inequalities and their relation to technological development.

Email: policycentre@kingsthinktank.org

Carlos Beaujean

Editor

I am a third year International Relations student. I am interested in cybersecurity and the impact technology has on the international realm. The influence of Chinese and Japanese policy, in this context, is especially fascinating to me.

Medina Putri

Researcher

Hi! I’m Medina, a third year PPE student. I am particularly interested to explore the impact of Technology & Innovation towards education accessibility and quality & economic inequality.

Our Working Group:

Aneta Swianiewicz

I am a final year Mathematics and Philosophy student. I am very interested in investigating the social impact of emerging technologies, especially when it comes to questions around responsibility for ensuring ethical applications or democratization of access.

Yixin Li

I am a MSci student in Physics and Philosophy. As a half-STEM student, I have keen interests in exploring new emerging technologies. I would like to investigate how technologies could provide innovative changes to our societies/policies.

Oliwia Puto

My name is Oliwia and as a double degree English Law and German Law student, I will be spending the upcoming academic year at Humboldt University of Berlin. I find it fascinating how the development of technology will change the way we live and work, and am extremely curious what impact this process will have on entire societies from the economic and political perspective. In my free time I enjoy reading, travelling and socialising.

Paula Suero Guillermo

Hola! I am a final year PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) student from southern Spain! I am especially curious about how technological innovation re-shapes the dynamics and trends of policy-making in an international arena where issues like climate change and the respect for universal rights such as personal privacy are more prevalent and prioritized than they have ever been.

Mingyu Sin

I am a third year Politics student. I am keen on researching new issues emerged with the development of technology and reshaping the existing policy frameworks about it.