Written by Patrick Jones
The world is at an inflexion point in the course of the history of technology. Thanks to the imminent arrival of the internet of things, we will soon be more connected to each other and the technologies with which we have populated our world than we ever have been.
We are also expanding the physical horizons of human ambition, following the successful spaceflight missions undertaken in recent weeks by both Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Such private sector investment should be celebrated for inspiring competition and innovation, helping to thrust us towards the stars.
At the same time, in light of the Covid pandemic, combined with increasing tensions between democratic states and autocratic regimes, we are entering a period of skepticism concerning the competing virtues of connectivity and globalization.
It is against this backdrop that I have launched The Institute for Emerging Technologies and Social Impact (ITSI). ITSI believes in the power of technology and connectivity to create a better, more free and more prosperous world. We believe our generation is endowed with unprecedented power – and therefore responsibility – to put this technology to the best effect.
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